Definitions for: Laugh


[n] a humorous anecdote or remark
[n] a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing; "his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision"
[n] the sound of laughing
[v] produce laughter



Webster (1913) Definition: Laugh, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laughed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Laughing.] [OE. laughen, laghen, lauhen, AS. hlehhan,
hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan; akin to OS. hlahan, D. & G.
lachen, OHG. hlahhan, lahhan, lahh?n, Icel. hl[ae]ja. Dan.
lee, Sw. le, Goth. hlahjan; perh. of imitative origin.]
1. 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.

Queen Hecuba laughed that her eyes ran o'er. --Shak.

He laugheth that winneth. --Heywood's
Prov.

2. Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful,
lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.

Then laughs the childish year, with flowerets
crowned. --Dryden.

In Folly's cup still laughs the bubble Joy. --Pope.

To laugh at, to make an object of laughter or ridicule; to
make fun of; to deride.

No wit to flatter left of all his store, No fool to
laugh at, which he valued more. --Pope.

To laugh in the sleeve


Laugh, v. t.
1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.

Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy?
--Shak.

I shall laugh myself to death. --Shak.

2. To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out.

From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause.
--Shak.

To laugh away.
(a) To drive away by laughter; as, to laugh away regret.
(b) To waste in hilarity. ``Pompey doth this day laugh
away his fortune.'' --Shak.

To laugh down.
(a) To cause to cease or desist by laughter; as, to laugh
down a speaker.
(b) To cause to be given up on account of ridicule; as, to
laugh down a reform.

To laugh one out of, to cause one by laughter or ridicule
to abandon or give up; as, to laugh one out of a plan or
purpose.

To laugh to scorn, to deride; to treat with mockery,
contempt, and scorn; to despise.


Laugh, n.
An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the
sound heard in laughing; laughter. See Laugh, v. i.

And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
--Goldsmith.

That man is a bad man who has not within him the power
of a hearty laugh. --F. W.
Robertson.

Synonyms: express joy, express mirth, gag, jape, jest, joke, laughter, wheeze, yak

Antonyms: cry, weep

See Also: belly laugh, bellylaugh, blackguard, blue joke, blue story, bray, break up, cachinnate, cachinnation, cackle, cackle, chortle, chortle, chuckle, chuckle, convulse, crack up, dirty joke, dirty story, ethnic joke, express emotion, express feelings, facial expression, facial gesture, funny story, gag line, giggle, giggle, good story, guffaw, guffaw, guy, ha-ha, haw-haw, hee-haw, horselaugh, howl, howler, humor, humour, in-joke, jest at, laugh at, laugh away, laugh line, laugh loudly, laugh off, laugh softly, make fun, one-liner, poke fun, punch line, rib, ridicule, riot, roar, scream, shaggy dog story, sick joke, sidesplitter, sight gag, snicker, snicker, snigger, snigger, snort, tag line, thigh-slapper, titter, titter, utterance, visual joke, vocalization, wit, witticism, wittiness, wow

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