[laf, lahf] /læf, lɑf/
verb (used without object)
to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements.
to experience the emotion so expressed:
He laughed inwardly at the scene.
to produce a sound resembling human :
A coyote laughed in the dark.
verb (used with object)
to drive, put, bring, etc., by or with laughter (often followed by out, away, down, etc.):
They laughed him out of town. We laughed away our troubles.
to utter with laughter:
He laughed his consent.
the act or sound of laughing; laughter.
an expression of mirth, derision, etc., by laughing.
Informal. something that provokes laughter, amusement, or ridicule:
After all the advance publicity, the prizefight turned out to be a laugh.
laughs, Informal. fun; amusement.
laugh off, to dismiss as ridiculous, trivial, or hollow:
He had received threats but laughed them off as the work of a crank.
have the last laugh, to prove ultimately successful after a seeming defeat or loss:
She smiled slyly, because she knew she would yet have the last laugh on them.
laugh it up, to laugh or joke in a hearty way:
He was laughing it up with his friends.
laugh out of court, to dismiss or depreciate by means of ridicule; totally scorn:
His violent protests were laughed out of court by the others.
laugh out of the other side of one’s mouth, to undergo a chastening reversal, as of glee or satisfaction that is premature; be ultimately chagrined, punished, etc.; cry:
She’s proud of her promotion, but she’ll laugh out of the other side of her mouth when the work piles up.
Also, laugh on the wrong side of one’s mouth/face.
laugh up one’s sleeve. (def 7).
(intransitive) to express or manifest emotion, esp mirth or amusement, typically by expelling air from the lungs in short bursts to produce an inarticulate voiced noise, with the mouth open
(intransitive) (esp of certain mammals or birds) to make a noise resembling a laugh
(transitive) to utter or express with laughter: he laughed his derision at the play
(transitive) to bring or force (someone, esp oneself) into a certain condition by laughter: he laughed himself sick
(intransitive) foll by at. to make fun (of); jeer (at)
(intransitive) foll by over. to read or discuss something with laughter
(informal) don’t make me laugh, I don’t believe you for a moment
(informal) laugh all the way to the bank, to be unashamedly pleased at making a lot of money
laugh in a person’s face, to show open contempt or defiance towards a person
(informal) laugh like a drain, to laugh loudly and coarsely
laugh up one’s sleeve, to laugh or have grounds for amusement, self-satisfaction, etc, secretly
laugh on the other side of one’s face, to show sudden disappointment or shame after appearing cheerful or confident
(informal) be laughing, to be in a favourable situation
the act or an instance of laughing
a manner of laughter
(informal) a person or thing that causes laughter: that holiday was a laugh
the last laugh, the final success in an argument, situation, etc, after previous defeat
late 14c., from Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan, earlier hlihhan, from Proto-Germanic *klakhjanan (cf. Old Norse hlæja, Danish le, Old Frisian hlakkia, Old Saxon hlahhian, Middle Dutch and Dutch lachen, Old High German hlahhan, German lachen, Gothic hlahjan), from PIE *kleg-, of imitative origin (cf. Latin cachinnare “to laugh aloud,” Sanskrit kakhati “laughs,” Old Church Slavonic chochotati “laugh,” Lithuanian klageti “to cackle,” Greek kakhazein). Originally with a “hard” -gh- sound, as in Scottish loch; the spelling remained after the pronunciation shifted to “-f.”
If I coveted nowe to avenge the injuries that you have done me, I myght laughe in my slyve. [John Daus, “Sleidanes Commentaries,” 1560]
Related: Laughed; laughing.
1680s, from laugh (v.). Meaning “a cause of laughter” is from 1895; ironic use (e.g. that’s a laugh) attested from 1930. Laugh track “canned laughter on a TV program” is from 1961.
belly laugh, the horselaugh
- Laugh all the way to the bank
verb phrase To be amused and gratified by a victory where a defeat was predicted: The film, with horrible reviews, grossed more than $30 million. Disney laughed all the way to the bank (1970s+) Also, cried all the way to the bank. Exult in a financial gain from something that had either been derided or […]
- Laugh and the world laughs with you
Keep your sense of humor and people will sympathize with you, as in She’s always cheerful and has dozens of friends; laugh and the world laughs with you. This expression actually is part of an ancient Latin saying that concludes, weep and the world weeps with you. The current version, with the ending weep and […]
[laf-er, lah-fer] /ˈlæf ər, ˈlɑ fər/ noun 1. a person who . 2. Informal. a contest or competition in which one person or team easily overwhelms another; easy victory. noun A laughing matter, esp a game in which one team scores an annihilating victory: The two games he mentioned were laughers, Oklahoma 41–7 over North […]
[laf-ing, lah-fing] /ˈlæf ɪŋ, ˈlɑ fɪŋ/ adjective 1. that or is given to : a laughing child. 2. uttering sounds like human , as some birds. 3. suggesting by brightness, color, sound, etc.: a laughing stream; laughing flowers. 4. laughable: The increase in crime is no laughing matter. noun 5. . [laf, lahf] /læf, lɑf/ […]