or ha·ha, ha ha

[ hah-hah, hah-hah ]
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interjection, noun
  1. (used as an exclamation or representation of laughter, as in expressing amusement or derision.)

Origin of ha-ha

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

Other definitions for ha-ha (2 of 2)

[ hah-hah ]

Origin of ha-ha

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

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How to use ha-ha in a sentence

  • And the women ran hither and thither, wailing and screaming and crying out: Haha!

  • Remember Amy Beirne--eloped with some inventor fellow--what's his name--oh, sure, Vivian, haha!

    V. V.'s Eyes | Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • From F. haha an interjection of laughter, hence a surprise in the form of an unexpected obstacle (that laughs at one).

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • Minne means water; Minne-sota, turbid water, and Minne-haha does not signify “laughing,” but falling water.

    Memoirs | Charles Godfrey Leland

British Dictionary definitions for ha-ha (1 of 2)



/ (ˈhɑː ˈhɑː) /

  1. a representation of the sound of laughter

  2. an exclamation expressing derision, mockery, surprise, etc

British Dictionary definitions for ha-ha (2 of 2)



/ (ˈhɑː hɑː) /

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

Origin of ha-ha

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

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