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 you weep alone (meaning “you’ll get no sympathy in your sorrow”), first appeared in 1883 in Ella Wilcox’s poem “Solitude.” O. Henry used a slightly different version: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and they give you the laugh” (The Count and the Wedding Guest, 1907).
[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/ […]
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noun phrase A mental hospital; funny farm, nuthouse (1960s+)
noun 1. . noun 1. another name for nitrous oxide laughing gas laugh·ing gas (lāf’ĭng) n. Nitrous oxide, especially as used as an anesthetic. laughing gas (lāf’ĭng) Nitrous oxide used as a mild anesthetic.