View synonyms for laughing


[ laf-ing, lah-fing ]


  1. that laughs or is given to laughter:

    a laughing child.

  2. uttering sounds like human laughter, as some birds.
  3. suggesting laughter by brightness, color, sound, etc.:

    a laughing stream; laughing flowers.

  4. laughable:

    The increase in crime is no laughing matter.


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Other Words From

  • laughing·ly adverb
  • un·laughing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of laughing1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; laugh, -ing 1, -ing 2
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Example Sentences

There are passages that are so wistfully uncomfortable that you might squirm, or start “snort-laughing,” or want to stop a moment and just think.

Though their personality types were different, their shared sarcasm kept her laughing throughout the evening.

I would have all her gestures, her ways of laughing, of speaking with passion and conviction.

From Time

Just like crying or laughing can provide a rush of calm in moments of sadness or joy, a good ol’ yell can give us temporary relief from anger and frustration.

Another picture showed him surrounded by a dozen or so fighters—some masked and others laughing.

The “smile through tears” had replaced the previous mindset that laughing was for the poor.

But nothing happens and soon Mariame is home, eating dinner with her two little sisters, laughing and acting silly.

Lena, Emilia, and I are laughing because we sorted the wig thing out nice and early.

For French law enforcement, the evil clowns are, it has to be said, no laughing matter.

The sun was shining when they arrived at Salon, the gayest, the most coquettish, the most laughing little town in Provence.

Suddenly she stopped laughing, and said in a low voice, "You don't happen to have a beefsteak about you, do you?"

Don't chaff, Shirtings; you're a very good fellow, you know, but I'm not in a laughing humour.

He could hardly keep from laughing, when it was made clear to him that this was what the Indian father expected.

I couldn't help laughing, and he made a great many jokes at the expense of the waiters and everybody else.


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