- to laugh loudly or immoderately.
Origin of cachinnate
1815–25; < Latin cachinnātus (past participle of cachinnāre to laugh aloud, laugh immoderately), equivalent to cachinn- laugh aloud + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for cachinnate
That definition excludes women, because they giggle, or chuckle, or cachinnate.
- (intr) to laugh loudly
C19: from Latin cacchināre, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for cachinnate
"to laugh loudly or immoderately," 1824, from Latin cachinnatum, past participle of cachinnare (see cachinnation). Related: Cachinnated; cachinnating.
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