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


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.

Nearby words

  1. laughing-stock,
  2. laughingly,
  3. laughingstock,
  4. laughlin,
  5. laughlin air force base,
  6. laughter club,
  7. laughton,
  8. laughton, charles,
  9. laumontite,
  10. launce

Origin of laughter

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

Related formslaugh·ter·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laughters


/ (ˈlɑːftə) /


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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Word Origin and History for laughters



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.).

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