laughing

[ laf-ing, lah-fing ]
/ ˈlæf ɪŋ, ˈlɑ fɪŋ /

adjective

that laughs or is given to laughter: a laughing child.
uttering sounds like human laughter, as some birds.
suggesting laughter by brightness, color, sound, etc.: a laughing stream; laughing flowers.
laughable: The increase in crime is no laughing matter.

noun

Origin of laughing

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at laugh, -ing1, -ing2
Related formslaugh·ing·ly, adverbun·laugh·ing, adjective

Definition for laughing (2 of 2)

Origin of laugh

before 900; Middle English laughen, Old English hlæh(h)an (Anglian); cognate with Dutch, German lachen, Old Norse hlǣja, Gothic hlahjan
SYNONYMS FOR laugh
6 Laugh, chuckle, grin, smile refer to methods of expressing mirth, appreciation of humor, etc. A laugh may be a sudden, voiceless exhalation, but is usually an audible sound, either soft or loud: a hearty laugh. Chuckle suggests a barely audible series of sounds expressing private amusement or satisfaction: a delighted chuckle. A smile is a (usually pleasant) lighting up of the face and an upward curving of the corners of the lips (which may or may not be open); it may express amusement or mere recognition, friendliness, etc.: a courteous smile. A grin, in which the teeth are usually visible, is like an exaggerated smile, less controlled in expressing the feelings: a friendly grin.
Related formsout·laugh, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for laughing

laugh

/ (lɑːf) /

verb

noun

Derived Formslaugher, nounlaughing, noun, adjectivelaughingly, adverb

Word Origin for laugh

Old English læhan, hliehhen; related to Gothic hlahjan, Dutch lachen
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Idioms and Phrases with laughing

laugh


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

also see:

  • canned laughter
  • die laughing
  • it's to laugh
  • last laugh
  • no joke (laughing matter)
  • shake with laughter
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