Origin of laughing
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.
Origin of laugh
Synonyms for laugh
Related Words for laughinghumorous, diverting, riot, camp, mocking, amusing, entertaining, scream, joshing, absurd, asinine, bizarre, comic, comical, derisive, droll, eccentric, facetious, fantastic, farcical
Examples from the Web for laughing
Contemporary Examples of laughing
The “smile through tears” had replaced the previous mindset that laughing was for the poor.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
But nothing happens and soon Mariame is home, eating dinner with her two little sisters, laughing and acting silly.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
Lena, Emilia, and I are laughing because we sorted the wig thing out nice and early.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick
November 21, 2014
For French law enforcement, the evil clowns are, it has to be said, no laughing matter.French Freak-Out Over Creepy Clowns
October 31, 2014
Two years later, the writer did just that in front of a laughing Noah at the Bulls practice facility.The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning
October 19, 2014
Historical Examples of laughing
"I've got a pretty good digestion, mother," said Robert, laughing.Brave and Bold
It brought them back, a shamefaced crew, laughing at each other.
He saw them laughing, flushed, silhouetted against the green, distant trees.Viviette
William J. Locke
Allister, laughing joyously, turned to the other three and repeated the question to them.
"By no means, I give you my word of honor," answered the major, laughing.Weighed and Wanting
Word Origin for laugh
mid-14c., verbal noun from laugh (v.). Laughing matter (usually with negative) is from 1560s. Nitrous oxide has been called laughing gas since 1842 (for its exhilarating effects). Davy, experimenting with the gas, discovered these as far back as 1779: "When I took the bag from my mouth, I immediately laughed. The laughter was involuntary, but highly pleasurable, accompanied by a thrill all through me."
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.
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.
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