Laugh meaning

lăf, läf
To affect or influence by laughter.

Laughed the speaker off the stage; laughed the proposal down.

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To say with a laugh.

He laughed his delight at the victory.

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To produce sounds resembling laughter.

Parrots laughing and chattering in the trees.

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Laugh is defined as to express amusement with vocal sounds and facial movements.

An example of laugh is someone making sounds to show they think something is funny.

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Fun; amusement.

Went along just for laughs.

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To make the explosive sounds of the voice, and the characteristic movements of the features and body, that express mirth, amusement, ridicule, etc.
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To be amused.
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To feel or suggest joyousness; appear bright and merry.

Laughing eyes.

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To express or say with laughter.
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To bring about, effect, or cause to be by means of laughter.

To laugh oneself hoarse.

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The act or sound of laughing.
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Anything that provokes or is fit to provoke laughter.
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Mere diversion or pleasure.
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An expression of mirth particular to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter.

Why would you laugh about that when it's not even funny? You have a twisted sense of humour.

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Something that provokes mirth or scorn.
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(UK) A fun person.
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(intransitive) To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
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1734, Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man, Chapter 3

In Folly's cup Å¿till laughs the bubble Joy.

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(intransitive, followed by "at") To make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride; to mock.
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To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
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To express by, or utter with, laughter.
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To express certain emotions, especially mirth or delight, by a series of spontaneous, usually unarticulated sounds often accompanied by corresponding facial and bodily movements.
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To show or feel amusement or good humor.

An experience we would laugh about later on.

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Something amusing, absurd, or contemptible; a joke.

The solution they recommended was a laugh.

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laugh all the way to the bank
  • To take glee in making money, especially from activity that others consider to be unimpressive or unlikely to turn a profit.
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laugh out of the other side of (one's) mouth
  • To see one's good fortune turn to bad; suffer a humbling reversal.
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laugh up
  • To rejoice or exult in secret, as at another's error or defeat.
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have the last laugh
  • To win or prevail ultimately, after apparent defeat and discomfiture.
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laugh at
  • To be amused by.
  • To make fun of; ridicule; deride.
  • To be indifferent to or contemptuous of; disregard.
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laugh away
  • To get rid of (something unpleasant or embarrassing) by laughter.
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laugh down
  • To silence or suppress by laughing.
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laugh up one's sleeve
  • To laugh secretly or inwardly.
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laugh off
  • To reject or dismiss from consideration as by laughter or ridicule.
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laugh on the other side of one's face
  • To undergo a change in mood from joy to sorrow, from amusement to annoyance, etc.
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no laughing matter
  • A serious matter.
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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.
    From Wiktionary