Definitions for: Laughter


[n] the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth of scorn; "he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd"
[n] the sound of laughing



Webster (1913) Definition: Laugh"ter, n. [AS. hleahtor; akin to OHG. hlahtar, G.
gel["a]chter, Icel. hl[=a]tr, Dan. latter. See Laugh, v. i.
]
A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face,
particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the
eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and
usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of
air from the lungs. See Laugh, v. i.

The act of laughter, which is a sweet contraction of
the muscles of the face, and a pleasant agitation of
the vocal organs, is not merely, or totally within the
jurisdiction of ourselves. --Sir T.
Browne.

Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning
with laughter. --Longfellow.

Synonyms: laugh

See Also: activity, belly laugh, cachinnation, cackle, chortle, chuckle, expression, giggle, guffaw, ha-ha, haw-haw, hee-haw, horselaugh, manifestation, reflection, reflexion, snicker, snigger, snort, titter, utterance, vocalization

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