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or haha, ha ha

[hah-hah, hah-hah] /ˈhɑˈhɑ, ˌhɑˈhɑ/
interjection, noun
(used as an exclamation or representation of laughter, as in expressing amusement or derision.)
Compare haw-haw.
Origin of ha-ha1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; of imitative origin


[hah-hah] /ˈhɑˌhɑ/
1705-15; < French haha repetitive compound based on ha! exclamation of surprise Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for haha
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  • I tried to turn it off then as a joke, and said: "haha, I had you there!"

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • Basil bounded across the lawn, cleared the haha at the end, and disappeared from view.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Though I don't suppose you've anything on your conscience, seeing you come to the Lensmand, haha!

    Wanderers Knut Hamsun
  • It was sixty miles to haha Bay, but the road on the frozen river was good, and he could do a long stretch of it.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
  • And the women ran hither and thither, wailing and screaming and crying out: haha!

  • Remember Amy Beirne--eloped with some inventor fellow--what's his name--oh, sure, Vivian, haha!

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The province of haha was in arms; caffilahs, and travellers could not pass; but it was expedient that I should go to Mogodor.

British Dictionary definitions for haha


/ˈhɑː ˈhɑː/
a representation of the sound of laughter
an exclamation expressing derision, mockery, surprise, etc


/ˈhɑː hɑː/
a wall or other boundary marker that is set in a ditch so as not to interrupt the landscape
Word Origin
C18: from French haha, probably based on ha! ejaculation denoting surprise
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Word Origin and History for haha


also haha, used of laughter since ancient times; cf. Old English ha ha, Greek ha ha, Latin hahae. A different attempt at representation is in py-hy (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for haha



: even made a ha-ha pass at him/ ha-ha candles made to look like penises


A joke; something funny; stroke of wit: That's a ha-ha all right

Related Terms

the merry ha-ha

[1940s+; ha-ha represented the sound of laughter by 1000]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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