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ha-ha1

or ha·ha, ha ha

[hah-hah, hah-hah]
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interjection, noun
  1. (used as an exclamation or representation of laughter, as in expressing amusement or derision.)
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Compare haw-haw.

Origin of ha-ha1

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; of imitative origin

ha-ha2

[hah-hah]
noun
  1. sunk fence.
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Origin of ha-ha2

1705–15; < French haha repetitive compound based on ha! exclamation of surprise
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Examples from the Web for haha

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • And the women ran hither and thither, wailing and screaming and crying out: Haha!


British Dictionary definitions for haha

ha-ha1

haw-haw

interjection
  1. a representation of the sound of laughter
  2. an exclamation expressing derision, mockery, surprise, etc
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ha-ha2

haw-haw

noun
  1. a wall or other boundary marker that is set in a ditch so as not to interrupt the landscape
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Word Origin

C18: from French haha, probably based on ha! ejaculation denoting surprise
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Word Origin and History for haha

ha-ha

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).

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