laughter

[ laf-ter, lahf- ]
/ ˈlæf tər, ˈlɑf- /

noun

the action or sound of laughing.
an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness: a man of laughter and goodwill.
an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.
Archaic. an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement.

Origin of laughter

before 900; Middle English; Old English hleahtor; cognate with Old High German hlahtar, Old Norse hlātr; see laugh

Related forms

laugh·ter·less, adjective
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laughter

/ (ˈlɑːftə) /

noun

the action of or noise produced by laughing
the experience or manifestation of mirth, amusement, scorn, or joy

Word Origin for laughter

Old English hleahtor; related to Old Norse hlātr
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