- 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 laughtersgiggle, guffaw, roar, gesture, glee, amusement, snicker, shout, hilarity, laugh, mirth, shriek, chuckle, sound, merriment, cackle, fit, chortle, crow, rejoicing
Examples from the Web for laughters
Historical Examples of laughters
Jacky stopped suddenly, and withdrew from the laughters in lofty offence.Merkland
There were whispers and laughters and sudden sweeping embarrassments.Sinister Street, vol. 1
Sentences that drifted in the night, laughters, sighs—these were part of a mask.Gargoyles
Unmoved is my depth: but it sparkleth with swimming enigmas and laughters.Thus Spake Zarathustra
The same with my childish angers, my loves, and my laughters.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)
- 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.).