Parrots laughing and chattering in the trees.
I had to laugh when I saw who my opponent was.
An example of laugh is someone making sounds to show they think something is funny.
Went along just for laughs.
You won't be laughing when the truth comes out.
Laughed the speaker off the stage; laughed the proposal down.
To laugh oneself hoarse.
In Folly's cup Å¿till laughs the bubble Joy.
An experience we would laugh about later on.
He laughed his delight at the victory.
The solution they recommended was a laugh.
- To take glee in making money, especially from activity that others consider to be unimpressive or unlikely to turn a profit.
- To see one's good fortune turn to bad; suffer a humbling reversal.
- To rejoice or exult in secret, as at another's error or defeat.
- to win or prevail ultimately, after apparent defeat and discomfiture
- to be amused by
- to make fun of; ridicule; deride
- to be indifferent to or contemptuous of; disregard
- to get rid of (something unpleasant or embarrassing) by laughter
- to silence or suppress by laughing
- to laugh secretly or inwardly
- to reject or dismiss from consideration as by laughter or ridicule
- to undergo a change in mood from joy to sorrow, from amusement to annoyance, etc.
- a serious matter
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of laugh
- Middle English laughen from Old English hlæhhan probably ultimately of imitative origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English laughen, laghen, from Old English hlehhan, hlæhan, hlihhan, hliehhan (“to laugh, laugh at, deride, rejoice "), from Proto-Germanic *hlahjanÄ… (“to laugh"), from Proto-Indo-European *klek-, *kleg- (“to shout"). Cognate with Scots lauch (“to laugh"), West Frisian laitsje (“to laugh"), Dutch lachen (“to laugh, smile"), German lachen (“to laugh"), Danish le (“to laugh"), Icelandic hlæja (“to laugh"), Albanian qesh (“to laugh") < arc. klêsh, Latin glōcÄ«re (“to cluck"), Latin glattÄ«re (“to yelp"), Latin gliccÄ«re (“to gaggle"), Welsh cloch (“bell"), Ancient Greek κλώσσω (klṓssô, “to cluck"), Old Church Slavonic клєкотъ (klekotÅ, “laughter, noise"), Latin clangō (“scream, sound"). Related to clang.