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Meaning of LAUGH

Pronunciation:  laf

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

LAUGH is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
             Queen Hecuba laughed that her eyes ran o'er. --Shak.
             He laugheth that winneth.             --Heywood's
    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}
  2. \Laugh\, v. t.
    1. 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.        --Shak.
    2. To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out.
             From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause.
    {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
    {To laugh to scorn}, to deride; to treat with mockery,
       contempt, and scorn; to despise.
  3. \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.
          That man is a bad man who has not within him the power
          of a hearty laugh.                       --F. W.
Thesaurus Terms
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