- to laugh loudly or immoderately.
Origin of cachinnate
Examples from the Web for cachinnation
Chip's nervous system did not demand the relief of cachinnation.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
And there it swung to and fro, moved by the violence of its cachinnation.Vikram and the Vampire
Richard F. Burton
Then, look at the baby, when it has turned into a little boy or girl, and come up in some degree to the cachinnation.
Why, one might as well talk of a laughing death's-head,—the cachinnation of a monk's memento mori.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Never did a General and his Chief-of-Staff, in a more unseemly state of cachinnation, ride along a picket-line.The Black Phalanx
Joseph T. Wilson
- raucous laughter
- psychiatry inappropriate laughter, sometimes found in schizophrenia
- (intr) to laugh loudly
Word Origin and History for cachinnation
"loud laughter," 1620s, from Latin cachinnationem (nominative cachinnatio) "violent laughter, excessive laughter," noun of action from past participle stem of cachinnare "to laugh immoderately or loudly," of imitative origin. Cf. Sanskrit kakhati "laughs," Greek kakhazein "to laugh loudly," Old High German kachazzen, English cackle, Armenian xaxanc'.
"to laugh loudly or immoderately," 1824, from Latin cachinnatum, past participle of cachinnare (see cachinnation). Related: Cachinnated; cachinnating.
- Loud, hard, or compulsive laughter without apparent cause.