- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
Old English hleahtor; related to Old Norse hlātr
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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper