verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to make fun of; deride; ridicule: They were laughing at him, not along with him.
- to be scornful of; reject: They stopped laughing at the unusual theory when it was found to be predictive.
- to find sympathetic amusement in; regard with humor: We can learn to laugh a little at even our most serious foibles.
- laue diagram,
- laugh all the way to the bank,
- laugh and the world laughs with you,
- laugh at,
- laugh away,
- laugh down
Origin of laugh
Examples from the Web for laugh
I watch every episode alone on my couch and I just sit there and laugh, and laugh.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Hopefully, she got as much of a laugh out of it as the rest of the world has.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We love to laugh at Kim and Company because it distracts our souls from the horrific reality of their hermetic regime.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ramone, who turned to religion while trying to kick drugs, would probably approve (and laugh a little, too).‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First we laugh, then we begin to wonder why the man was so distracted that he didn't notice he'd taken the doorknob with him.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But we've had our laugh out of it, and that is worth while, isn't it?Pirates' Hope|Francis Lynde
"Yes, always that," retorted the boy, and Piers Minor burst into a laugh.The Doomsman|Van Tassel Sutphen
And now he had less of the old high spirits that had enabled him to laugh off the cares of debt.Goldsmith|William Black
It relieved him to see the two ladies seated opposite each other in the bow window, and to hear something like a laugh in the air.The Marriage of Elinor|Margaret Oliphant
The two men looked at each other for a long moment, and this time Ascham did not laugh.The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 1 (of 10)|Edith Wharton
Word Origin for laugh
late 14c., from Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan, earlier hlihhan, from Proto-Germanic *klakhjanan (cf. Old Norse hlæja, Danish le, Old Frisian hlakkia, Old Saxon hlahhian, Middle Dutch and Dutch lachen, Old High German hlahhan, German lachen, Gothic hlahjan), from PIE *kleg-, of imitative origin (cf. Latin cachinnare "to laugh aloud," Sanskrit kakhati "laughs," Old Church Slavonic chochotati "laugh," Lithuanian klageti "to cackle," Greek kakhazein). Originally with a "hard" -gh- sound, as in Scottish loch; the spelling remained after the pronunciation shifted to "-f."
If I coveted nowe to avenge the injuries that you have done me, I myght laughe in my slyve. [John Daus, "Sleidanes Commentaries," 1560]
Related: Laughed; laughing.
1680s, from laugh (v.). Meaning "a cause of laughter" is from 1895; ironic use (e.g. that's a laugh) attested from 1930. Laugh track "canned laughter on a TV program" is from 1961.
In addition to the idioms beginning with laugh
- laugh all the way to the bank
- laugh and the world laughs with you
- laugh at
- laughing matter
- laugh off
- laugh one's head off
- laugh out of court
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
- laugh up one's sleeve
- canned laughter
- die laughing
- it's to laugh
- last laugh
- no joke (laughing matter)
- shake with laughter