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[hawrs-laf, -lahf] /ˈhɔrsˌlæf, -ˌlɑf/
a loud, coarse laugh, especially of derision.
verb (used without object)
to utter a horselaugh.
Origin of horselaugh
First recorded in 1705-15; horse + laugh
Related forms
horselaughter, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “I do not wonder you smile, ladies; it is enough to make a horse laugh,” he said.

  • He had a brilliant mind, and said the choicest things with a horse laugh.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • But at least we've had the satisfaction of having the horse laugh on you.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • An' to hear him talkin' here t'night, is enough to make a horse laugh.

    Prairie Folks Hamlin Garland
  • It's my belief 'twould have made a horse laugh; as my sign says, it was truly 'good entertainment for man and beast.'

  • A horse laugh, to be sure, yet nevertheless nothing nasty in it.

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
  • And if that should happen, and he should wheel around to shoot them down, they could indeed give him the horse laugh.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • So Nicholson Brothers got the horse laugh, which implied that Megory did not need them.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • Mr. Collins evinced satisfaction by means of his horse laugh.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • The college boy uttered a horse laugh, which made Lucy cry, “Cousin Sedley, you are as bad!”

    A Reputed Changeling Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for horse laugh

horse laugh

a coarse, mocking, or raucous laugh; guffaw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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