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[el-oh-el or, often, lol] /ˈɛlˌoʊˈɛl or, often, lɒl/
laughing out loud; laugh out loud: used as a response to something funny or as a follow-up to something said only as a joke.
Origin of LOL
from its use in digital communications Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And yet these portents were valid enough too, as Nivin could have told him—the customary welcome at LOL Raman's.

  • They entered the garden of LOL Raman to find it disposed as usual, inviting the evening trade.

  • A native child approaches, bearing as an offering a LOL Ipop (one of the native fruits).

    Us and the Bottleman

    Edith Ballinger Price
  • One was his reply as to why dogs do not like cats;5 this ran: 'LOL imr hd dsorn wn sid kdsl, freigt fon wgn graln.

    Lola Henny Kindermann
  • LOL hd lib sis dsi di nid dud grdsn LOL, abr, andr hundl, di nid gnn ir.'

    Lola Henny Kindermann
British Dictionary definitions for LOL


laughing out loud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for LOL


by 1993, computer chat abbreviation of laughing out loud.

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


verb phrase

Computer network abbreviation for ''laughed out loud'' (1990s+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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