or ha·ha, ha ha
- (used as an exclamation or representation of laughter, as in expressing amusement or derision.)
Origin of ha-ha1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; of imitative origin
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 ha-ha
Mom, fortunately, is past the point of asking “Funny ‘ha-ha’ or funny ‘odd’?”My Reverse-Cyrano Moment Wooing the Supreme Court
P. J. O’Rourke
March 30, 2014
This was done, and that portion of the wall is called the 'Ha-ha!'The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Harold leaped from the edge of the ha-ha where he had been sitting and held up his hand.The Man
Ha-ha is the name of the province in which Mogador is situated; it is also the name of the tribe.Mogreb-el-Acksa
R. B. Cunninghame Graham
Oh, Bernard, I should so like to see you rolled down into the bottom of the ha-ha.
For some minutes they thus remained, looking down into the ha-ha.
- a representation of the sound of laughter
- an exclamation expressing derision, mockery, surprise, etc
- a wall or other boundary marker that is set in a ditch so as not to interrupt the landscape
C18: from French haha, probably based on ha! ejaculation denoting surprise
Word Origin and History for 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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper