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laugh

Definitions

  • The girl laughs at the army of turtles
    The girl laughs at the army of turtles
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v laugh produce laughter
    • n laugh a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter "he told a very funny joke","he knows a million gags","thanks for the laugh","he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest","even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
    • n laugh a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing "his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision"
    • n laugh the sound of laughing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The king laughs at the billygoat The king laughs at the billygoat
A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it
Those that laugh last, laugh longest Those that laugh last, laugh longest
HE LAUGHED AT HER HE LAUGHED AT HER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An average person laughs about 15 times a day
    • n Laugh 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.""That man is a bad man who has not within him the power of a hearty laugh ."
    • Laugh Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport. "Then laughs the childish year, with flowerets crowned.""In Folly's cup still laughs the bubble Joy."
    • Laugh To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. "Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy?""I shall laugh myself to death."
    • Laugh To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out. "From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause."
    • Laugh 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.""He laugheth that winneth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day
    • laugh To express mirth or joy by an explosive inarticulate sound of the voice and a peculiar facial distortion; make a convulsive or chuckling noise excited by sudden merriment or pleasure.
    • laugh To be or appear gay; appear cheerful, pleasant, lively, or brilliant.
    • laugh To scoff playfully; make merry; flout; jeer: with at.
    • laugh To express laughingly; give out with jovial utterance or manner: as, he laughed his consent.
    • laugh To affect in some way by laughter, or a laughing manner; act upon by exercise of risibility: as, to laugh one's self sick or into convulsions; to laugh one out of countenance.
    • n laugh An expression of merriment by an explosive noise; an inarticulate expression of sudden mirth or joy.
    • n laugh Mirth or merriment, particularly at the expense of some person or thing; ridicule: used with the definite article: as, the laugh was turned against him.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People with allergies can lower allergy reactions by laughing
    • v.i Laugh läf to express mirth or joy by an explosive inarticulate sound of the voice and peculiar facial distortion: to be gay or lively: make merry (with at), to flout
    • v.t Laugh to express with a laugh: to affect in some way by laughter
    • n Laugh the sound caused by merriment
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Quotations

  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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    “The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.”
  • Marlene Dietrich
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    “There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself.”
  • William James
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    “We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh.”
  • Elsa Maxwell
    Elsa Maxwell
    “Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.”

Idioms

Barrel of laughs - If someone's a barrel of laughs, they are always joking and you find them funny.
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He who laughs last laughs longest - A person may feel satisfied or pleased when they d something bad or unfair to you, but if you can get revenge, you will feel more satisfaction.('He who laughs last laughs best' is also used, and 'he' is sometimes omitted.)
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Last laugh - The person who has the last laugh ends up with the the advantage in a situation after some setbacks.
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Laugh a minute - Someone who is a laugh a minute is very funny.
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Laugh to see a pudding crawl - (UK) Someone who would laugh to see a pudding crawl is easily amused and will laugh at anything.
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Laugh up your sleeve - If you laugh up your sleeve, you laugh at someone secretly.
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Laughing stock - If someone becomes a laughing stock they do something so stupid or wrong that no one can take them seriously and people scorn and laugh at them.
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No laughing matter - Something that is no laughing matter is very serious.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. laughen, laghen, lauhen, AS. hlehhan, hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan,; akin to OS. hlahan, D. & G. lachen, OHG. hlahhan, lahhan, lahhēn, Icel. hlæja,W Dan. lee, Sw. le, Goth. hlahjan,; perh. of imitative origin

Usage

In literature:

But the President laughed heartily, laughed all over, and laughed his visitors out of the room.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Trampy was having his revenge: he had been laughed at; he now had the laugh on them!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
It had a wretched, mirthless sound; but a laugh is a laugh.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It was what we call her cut-finger laugh, her bandage laugh.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
It was laughed at in ink that made the literary world laugh.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The man laughed and the woman laughed, but they spoke not to each other, nor looked once into each other's eyes.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
I sometimes wish she would; but she merely laughs at me.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
He laughed readily, and one would have thought he could never laugh again.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Corrigan laughed with her.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Then Addison, who had sat and laughed till he had laughed himself tired and sober, came to the rescue, with a stroke of genius.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
They put a shawl on her, call her "the wedding guest," and laugh and laugh without an end.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Then, the thud of the axes suddenly ceased, and he laughed a little discordant laugh.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Mr. Tarkin just sat back and laughed and laughed and laughed.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Then she laughed a sudden, wilful laugh as she remembered that she hadn't given him her letter.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
So when it's time for you to laugh for me, don't forget to laugh loudly.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
A man laughed, and then a woman laughed.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She laughed, a poignant little shrill laugh, and her black eyes glowed.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
As soon as Brother Rabbit touched the ground, he sat up and laughed, and laughed, and laughed.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
She laughed unsteadily, though there was nothing to laugh about.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
When she had it she held it and laughed a curious excited laugh.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

Your friends shall be the Tall Wind,
The River and the Tree;
The Sun that laughs and marches,
The Swallows and the Sea.
"For a Child" by Fannie Stearns Davis
What wonder then if many laugh,
And wonder joy was dumb!
To friends in older lands with less
Our happy hearts say "Come."
"The Irish Emigrant. 1883" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Spotless as a lily's leaf,
Whiter than the Christmas snow;
Not a sign of sin or grief,
And the babe laughed, sweet and low.
"Life" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)
"The Flaw In Paganism" by Dorothy Parker
The depth of her dying bliss
Her grief-white butterfly knows:
And the bee laughs low in the kiss
Of another, a redder rose.
"The Way Of Love" by Edith Nesbit
She is so fair the wild birds there
That sing upon the bough,
Have learned the staff of her sweet laugh,
And sing no other now.
"Indifference" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

What Terrorism TV's Comforting Laugh Track.
One way it can be helpful is by allowing people to laugh at themselves, and therefore get perspective.
Crime may not pay, but on USA, it's usually good for a few laughs.
Jeanne Bullock laughed when she saw her future husband's photo on CatholicMatch.com.
Steve Nash, left, and Kobe Bryant share a laugh during a game at Staples Center in 2008.
I didn't know whether to laugh, keep going or acknowledge it.
"I just was that kind of a kid," Mr Long recalled with a throaty laugh, shaking his head.
Laugh Out Loud With New Hasbro Plush Toy.
I had to laugh when I got a catalog from a clothing and home furnishings company recently.
Leicester Oteen keeps people on board the LaZoom tour bus laughing during the 90-minute tour.
Don't make us laugh, Commissioner.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who now waits for the bus online.
I can't help but laugh a little at today's selection.
It made us laugh out loud.
A smashing synthesis of pidgin rap, EDM head rush and YOLO 'tude: The token "pretty boy" rapper from K-pop crossover comers Big Bang drops a Joker laugh line ("Why so serious.
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In science:

The shaman gives a gleeful laugh, and the student holding his written prediction hands it to Sophie.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Only two people started to laugh: the author of the calculations, present at the meeting, and the author of this review.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
We were laughing because we would have made such a comparison to show that the model does not work (see Sect. 4.1). I hope this review will prevent people from saying that the DIM works when it does not, or at least that it will make more than two people laugh when such assertions are made.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
GR and QM to a cogent (ie, a conceptually sound, mathematically consistent, as well as calculationally finite) QG, seem to this author to be like trying to cross a parrot with a hyena: so that it (:QG) can tel l us what it is laughing about.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
People with large τmax seldom laugh because point C seldom outruns point B .
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Achieving complex pragmatic and stylistic effects (e.g., making the reader laugh, or indirectly informing them of a fictional character’s mental state) is not generally a goal of technical documentation; these are some of the most difficult things to get right in multilingual texts.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
We have all had a good laugh at the old-fashioned darkroom timer that was called out of retirement to keep our speakers in line.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
Interpreted output is like a comedian repeating the punch line, hoping for an extra laugh.
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets
Status Update: He has a tendency to laugh at inappropriate times.
Understanding the Interaction between Interests, Conversations and Friendships in Facebook
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