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laughter

[laf-ter, lahf-] /ˈlæf tər, ˈlɑf-/
noun
1.
the action or sound of laughing.
2.
an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness:
a man of laughter and goodwill.
3.
an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.
4.
Archaic. an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement.
Origin of laughter
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hleahtor; cognate with Old High German hlahtar, Old Norse hlātr; see laugh
Related forms
laughterless, adjective
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  • The laughter and talk were as little subdued as the scheme of the rooms.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The laughter at this sally was all it should have been, even the host joining in it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Cornelius was in fits of laughter, which he scarcely tried to choke.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The supposition was greeted with a great burst of laughter from Cornelius.

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  • She never heard the end of the story, but was roused by the laughter that followed it.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for laughter

laughter

/ˈlɑːftə/
noun
1.
the action of or noise produced by laughing
2.
the experience or manifestation of mirth, amusement, scorn, or joy
Word Origin
Old English hleahtor; related to Old Norse hlātr
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Word Origin and History for laughter
n.

late 14c., from Old English hleahtor, from Proto-Germanic *hlahtraz (cf. Old Norse hlatr, Danish latter, Old High German lahtar, German Gelächter); see laugh (v.).

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