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Meaning of LAUGHTER

Pronunciation:  'laftur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth of scorn; "he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd"
  2. [n]  the sound of laughing

LAUGHTER is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: amusement, belly laugh, boff, boffola, burst of laughter, cachinnation, cackle, chortle, chortling, chuckle, convulsion, crow, fit of laughter, frivolity, fun, gales of laughter, giggle, glee, gleefulness, guffaw, ha-ha, hearty laugh, hee-haw, hee-hee, high glee, hilariousness, hilarity, ho-ho, Homeric laughter, horselaugh, jocularity, jocundity, jolliness, jollity, joviality, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, laugh, laughing, levity, merriment, merriness, mirth, mirthfulness, outburst of laughter, peal of laughter, risibility, roar of laughter, shout, shout of laughter, shriek, snicker, snickering, snigger, sniggering, snort, tee-hee, titter, yuck, yuk-yuk