also laughingstock; 1510s, formed by analogy with whipping-stock "whipping post," later also "object of frequent whipping" (but that word is not attested in writing in this sense until 1670s). See laughing + stock (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Related Words for laughing-stock

butt, dupe, fool, goat, joke, laughingstock, stooge, target, victim

Examples from the Web for laughing-stock

Historical Examples of laughing-stock

  • I really do not wonder that the clerks have made me a laughing-stock.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Why, he must have been the laughing-stock of the whole land—and a laughing-stock never does anything.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • We'll be the laughing-stock of the Service if this leaks out!

    Priestess of the Flame

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • I ain't to be a laughing-stock of the neighborhood any longer.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • She had made him a laughing-stock, a buffoon, a political joke.


    Holworthy Hall