[laf-ing-stok, lah-fing-]


an object of ridicule; the butt of a joke or the like: His ineptness as a public official made him the laughingstock of the whole town.

Origin of laughingstock

First recorded in 1525–35; laughing + stock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for laughingstock

dupe, sport, mockery, butt

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  • Make not thyself a laughingstock to me and such Christians as may be here.


    William Ware

  • He saw his house unfinished, his wife rebellious, himself a laughingstock.

  • And now she was making a laughingstock of the lad among the neighbours.

    Through Welsh Doorways

    Jeannette Augustus Marks

  • We would be the laughingstock of Fairview and Boxer Hall if it got out.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck

    Lester Chadwick

  • They become a laughingstock to the enemy, an irritation to their own side.

    Judges and Ruth

    Robert A. Watson