laugh [laf, läf]
[ME laughen < OE hleahhan, akin to Ger lachen (OHG hlahhan) < IE base * klēg-, to cry out, sound > Gr klangē, L clangor]
1. to make the explosive sounds of the voice, and the characteristic movements of the features and body, that express mirth, amusement, ridicule, etc.
2. to be amused
3. to feel or suggest joyousness; appear bright and merry [laughing eyes]
1. to express or say with laughter
2. to bring about, effect, or cause to be by means of laughter [to laugh oneself hoarse]
1. the act or sound of laughing
2. anything that provokes or is fit to provoke laughter
3. [pl.] Informal mere diversion or pleasure
have the last laugh
to win after apparent defeat and discomfiture
laugh at
1. to be amused by
2. to make fun of; ridicule; deride
3. to be indifferent to or contemptuous of; disregard
laugh away
to get rid of (something unpleasant or embarrassing) by laughter
laugh down
to silence or suppress by laughing
laugh up one's sleeve or laugh in one's sleeve
to laugh secretly or inwardly
laugh off
to scorn, avoid, or reject by laughter or ridicule
laugh on the other side of one's face or laugh out of the other side of one's face or laugh on the wrong side of one's face or laugh out of the wrong side of one's face or laugh on the other side of one's mouth or laugh out of the other side of one's mouth or laugh on the wrong side of one's mouth or laugh out of the wrong side of one's mouth
to undergo a change in mood from joy to sorrow, from amusement to annoyance, etc.
no laughing matter
a serious matter
SYN.- LAUGH is the general word for the sounds or exhalation made in expressing mirth, amusement, etc.; CHUCKLE implies soft laughter in low tones, expressive of mild amusement or inward satisfaction; GIGGLE and TITTER both refer to a half-suppressed laugh consisting of a series of rapid, high-pitched sounds, suggesting embarrassment, silliness, etc., but TITTER is also used of a laugh of mild amusement suppressed in affected politeness; SNICKER is used of a sly, half-suppressed laugh, as at another's discomfiture or a bawdy story; GUFFAW refers to loud, coarse laughter

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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