- 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
Related Words for laughtergiggle, guffaw, roar, gesture, glee, amusement, snicker, shout, hilarity, laugh, mirth, shriek, chuckle, sound, merriment, cackle, fit, chortle, crow, rejoicing
Examples from the Web for laughter
Contemporary Examples of laughter
May their married life have laughter, and that they love one another forever after!All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt
January 3, 2015
If laughter is the best medicine, The Comeback made you feel enough pain to need a dose—and then it delivered in spades.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
Under the Sun King, such humor—and the laughter associated with it—was seen as more suitable for the masses.The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles
December 14, 2014
“Robin had us blubbing with laughter all the way through one dinner,” Gilkes recalls.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
“I think that all you ni**ers need to…check yourselves out,” he said to laughter in his first big applause line of the evening.When Bill Cosby N-Bombed the Congressional Black Caucus
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of laughter
The laughter and talk were as little subdued as the scheme of the rooms.
The laughter at this sally was all it should have been, even the host joining in it.
Cornelius was in fits of laughter, which he scarcely tried to choke.
The supposition was greeted with a great burst of laughter from Cornelius.
She never heard the end of the story, but was roused by the laughter that followed it.
- the action of or noise produced by laughing
- the experience or manifestation of mirth, amusement, scorn, or joy
Word Origin for laughter
late 14c., from Old English hleahtor, from Proto-Germanic *hlahtraz (cf. Old Norse hlatr, Danish latter, Old High German lahtar, German Gelächter); see laugh (v.).