ha-ha

1

or ha·ha, ha ha

[ hah-hah, hah-hah ]
/ ˈhɑˈhɑ, ˌhɑˈhɑ /

interjection, noun

(used as an exclamation or representation of laughter, as in expressing amusement or derision.)

Nearby words

  1. ha,
  2. ha ha,
  3. ha'p'orth,
  4. ha'penny,
  5. ha-erh-pin,
  6. ha-nasi,
  7. ha1 virus,
  8. ha2 virus,
  9. haa,
  10. haaf

Compare haw-haw.

Origin of ha-ha

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; of imitative origin

ha-ha

2
[ hah-hah ]
/ ˈhɑˌhɑ /

noun

Origin of ha-ha

2
1705–15; < French haha repetitive compound based on ha! exclamation of surprise

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British Dictionary definitions for ha-ha

ha-ha

1

haw-haw

/ (ˈhɑː ˈhɑː) /

interjection

a representation of the sound of laughter
an exclamation expressing derision, mockery, surprise, etc

noun

a wall or other boundary marker that is set in a ditch so as not to interrupt the landscape

Word Origin for ha-ha

C18: from French haha, probably based on ha! ejaculation denoting surprise

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Word Origin and History for ha-ha

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).

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