Origin of laughing
- to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements.
- to experience the emotion so expressed: He laughed inwardly at the scene.
- to produce a sound resembling human laughter: A coyote laughed in the dark.
- to drive, put, bring, etc., by or with laughter (often followed by out, away, down, etc.): They laughed him out of town. We laughed away our troubles.
- to utter with laughter: He laughed his consent.
- the act or sound of laughing; laughter.
- an expression of mirth, derision, etc., by laughing.
- Informal. something that provokes laughter, amusement, or ridicule: After all the advance publicity, the prizefight turned out to be a laugh.
- laughs, Informal. fun; amusement.
- laugh at,
- to make fun of; deride; ridicule: They were laughing at him, not along with him.
- to be scornful of; reject: They stopped laughing at the unusual theory when it was found to be predictive.
- to find sympathetic amusement in; regard with humor: We can learn to laugh a little at even our most serious foibles.
- laugh off, to dismiss as ridiculous, trivial, or hollow: He had received threats but laughed them off as the work of a crank.
- have the last laugh, to prove ultimately successful after a seeming defeat or loss: She smiled slyly, because she knew she would yet have the last laugh on them.
- laugh it up, to laugh or joke in a hearty way: He was laughing it up with his friends.
- laugh out of court, to dismiss or depreciate by means of ridicule; totally scorn: His violent protests were laughed out of court by the others.
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth, to undergo a chastening reversal, as of glee or satisfaction that is premature; be ultimately chagrined, punished, etc.; cry: She's proud of her promotion, but she'll laugh out of the other side of her mouth when the work piles up.Also laugh on the wrong side of one's mouth/face.
- laugh up one's sleeve. sleeve(def 7).
Origin of laugh
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Examples from the Web for laughing
The “smile through tears” had replaced the previous mindset that laughing was for the poor.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
But nothing happens and soon Mariame is home, eating dinner with her two little sisters, laughing and acting silly.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
Lena, Emilia, and I are laughing because we sorted the wig thing out nice and early.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick
November 21, 2014
For French law enforcement, the evil clowns are, it has to be said, no laughing matter.French Freak-Out Over Creepy Clowns
October 31, 2014
Two years later, the writer did just that in front of a laughing Noah at the Bulls practice facility.The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning
October 19, 2014
"I've got a pretty good digestion, mother," said Robert, laughing.Brave and Bold
It brought them back, a shamefaced crew, laughing at each other.
He saw them laughing, flushed, silhouetted against the green, distant trees.Viviette
William J. Locke
Allister, laughing joyously, turned to the other three and repeated the question to them.
"By no means, I give you my word of honor," answered the major, laughing.Weighed and Wanting
- (intr) to express or manifest emotion, esp mirth or amusement, typically by expelling air from the lungs in short bursts to produce an inarticulate voiced noise, with the mouth open
- (intr) (esp of certain mammals or birds) to make a noise resembling a laugh
- (tr) to utter or express with laughterhe laughed his derision at the play
- (tr) to bring or force (someone, esp oneself) into a certain condition by laughterhe laughed himself sick
- (intr foll by at) to make fun (of); jeer (at)
- (intr foll by over) to read or discuss something with laughter
- don't make me laugh informal I don't believe you for a moment
- laugh all the way to the bank informal to be unashamedly pleased at making a lot of money
- laugh in a person's face to show open contempt or defiance towards a person
- laugh like a drain informal to laugh loudly and coarsely
- laugh up one's sleeve to laugh or have grounds for amusement, self-satisfaction, etc, secretly
- laugh on the other side of one's face to show sudden disappointment or shame after appearing cheerful or confident
- be laughing informal to be in a favourable situation
- the act or an instance of laughing
- a manner of laughter
- informal a person or thing that causes laughterthat holiday was a laugh
- the last laugh the final success in an argument, situation, etc, after previous defeat
Word Origin and History for laughing
mid-14c., verbal noun from laugh (v.). Laughing matter (usually with negative) is from 1560s. Nitrous oxide has been called laughing gas since 1842 (for its exhilarating effects). Davy, experimenting with the gas, discovered these as far back as 1779: "When I took the bag from my mouth, I immediately laughed. The laughter was involuntary, but highly pleasurable, accompanied by a thrill all through me."
1680s, from laugh (v.). Meaning "a cause of laughter" is from 1895; ironic use (e.g. that's a laugh) attested from 1930. Laugh track "canned laughter on a TV program" is from 1961.
late 14c., from Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan, earlier hlihhan, from Proto-Germanic *klakhjanan (cf. Old Norse hlæja, Danish le, Old Frisian hlakkia, Old Saxon hlahhian, Middle Dutch and Dutch lachen, Old High German hlahhan, German lachen, Gothic hlahjan), from PIE *kleg-, of imitative origin (cf. Latin cachinnare "to laugh aloud," Sanskrit kakhati "laughs," Old Church Slavonic chochotati "laugh," Lithuanian klageti "to cackle," Greek kakhazein). Originally with a "hard" -gh- sound, as in Scottish loch; the spelling remained after the pronunciation shifted to "-f."
If I coveted nowe to avenge the injuries that you have done me, I myght laughe in my slyve. [John Daus, "Sleidanes Commentaries," 1560]
Related: Laughed; laughing.
Idioms and Phrases with laughing
In addition to the idioms beginning with laugh
- laugh all the way to the bank
- laugh and the world laughs with you
- laugh at
- laughing matter
- laugh off
- laugh one's head off
- laugh out of court
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
- laugh up one's sleeve