also laughingstock; 1510s, formed by analogy with whipping-stock “whipping post,” later also “object of frequent whipping” (but that word is not attested in writing in this sense until 1670s). See laughing + stock (n.2).
[lawf-lin, lawk‐] /ˈlɔf lɪn, ˈlɔk‐/ noun 1. James, IV, 1914–97, U.S. editor, publisher, and poet. Gaelic Lachlann, earlier Lochlann, literally “lake-” or “fjord-land,” i.e. “Scandinavia;” as a name, denoting “one from Norway.”
[lahf-lin] /ˈlɑf lɪn/ noun 1. U.S. Air Force installation in SW Texas, SE of Del Rio.
noun, Informal. 1. (def 1).
- Laugh something off
verb phrase To dismiss something with a laugh: It’s hard to laugh that insult off, isn’t it? (1715+)