Definitions for laugh
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word laugh.
the sound of laughing
a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing
"his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision"
joke, gag, laugh, jest, japeverb
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
"he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
laugh, express joy, express mirthverb
An expression of mirth particular to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter.
Something that provokes mirth or scorn.
A fun person.
To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
To be or appear cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
To make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride; to mock.
To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
To express by, or utter with, laughter.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The convulsion caused by merriment; an inarticulate expression of sudden merriment.
Etymology: from the verb.
Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain,
Then hid in shades, eludes her eager swain;
But feigns a laugh, to see me search around,
And by that laugh the willing fair is found. Alexander Pope, Spring.
To deride; to scorn.
Be bloody, bold and resolute; laugh to scorn
The pow’r of man. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
A wicked soul shall make him to be laughed to scorn of his enemies. Ecclus. vi. 4.
Etymology: hlahan , Saxon; lachen, German and Dutch; lach, Scottish.
You saw my master wink and laugh upon you. William Shakespeare.
There’s one did laugh in’s sleep, and one cried, Murther!
They wak’d each other. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
At this fusty stuff
The large Achilles, on his prest-bed lolling,
From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause. William Shakespeare.
Laughing causeth a continued expulsion of the breath with the loud noise, which maketh the interjection of laughing, shaking of the breast and sides, running of the eyes with water, if it be violent. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
Entreat her not the worse, in that I pray
You use her well; the world may laugh again,
And I may live to do you kindness, if
You do it her. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.
Then laughs the childish year with flowrets crown’d. Dry.
The plenteous board, high-heap’d with cates divine,
And o’er the foaming bowl the laughing wine. Alexander Pope.
Presently prepare thy grave;
Lie where the light foam of the sea may beat
Thy grave-stone daily; make thine epitaph,
That death in me at others lives may laugh. William Shakespeare.
’Twere better for you, if ’twere not known in council; you’ll be laugh’d at. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.
The dissolute and abandoned, before they are aware of it, are often betrayed to laugh at themselves, and upon reflection find, that they are merry at their own expence. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 45.
No wit to flatter left of all his store;
No fool to laugh at, which he valued more. Alexander Pope.
to show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter
fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport
to affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule
to express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out
an expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. See Laugh, v. i
Etymology: [OE. laughen, laghen, lauhen, AS. hlehhan, hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan; akin to OS. hlahan, D. & G. lachen, OHG. hlahhan, lahhan, lahhn, Icel. hlja,W Dan. lee, Sw. le, Goth. hlahjan; perh. of imitative origin.]
Laugh is the sixth studio album by Keller Williams, released in 2002.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
läf, v.i. to express mirth or joy by an explosive inarticulate sound of the voice and peculiar facial distortion: to be gay or lively: make merry (with at), to flout.—v.t. to express with a laugh: to affect in some way by laughter.—n. the sound caused by merriment.—adj. Laugh′able, ludicrous.—n. Laugh′ableness.—adv. Laugh′ably.—ns. Laugh′er; Laugh′ing-gas, a gas which excites laughter, called nitrous oxide, used as an anæsthetic in minor surgical operations, as in dentistry; Laugh′ing-jack′ass, the great kingfisher of Australia.—adv. Laugh′ingly, in a laughing manner.—ns. Laugh′ing-stock, an object of ridicule, like something stuck up to be laughed at; Laugh′ter, act or noise of laughing.—Laugh a thing off, to treat as if worthy only of a laugh; Laugh in one's sleeve, to laugh inwardly; Laugh one out of, to make a person abandon a habit, &c., by laughing at him for it; Laugh on the wrong side of the mouth, to be made feel disappointment or sorrow, esp. after boasting, &c.; Laugh to scorn, to deride or jeer at.—Have the laugh on one's side, to be able to laugh at another through getting the better of him by superior dexterity, &c. [A.S. hlihan; Ger. lachen, Goth. hlahjan; prob. imit.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A peculiar contortion of the human countenance, voluntary or involuntary, superinduced by a concatenation of external circumstances, seen or heard, of a ridiculous, ludicrous, jocose, mirthful, funny, facetious or fanciful nature and accompanied by a cackle, chuckle, chortle, cachinnation, giggle gurgle, guffaw or roar.
make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes also of contempt or derision.
I laughed when I heard the great news
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'laugh' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4737
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'laugh' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2116
Rank popularity for the word 'laugh' in Nouns Frequency: #1965
Rank popularity for the word 'laugh' in Verbs Frequency: #234
The numerical value of laugh in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of laugh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Life does not cease to be funny when people die; any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
If you can laugh together, you can work together.
Creator: a comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.
I always knew I would look back on my tears and laugh but I never tought I would look back on the laughter and cry
I was concerned that given the ability, other creatures would laugh at man, now I am worried that they do.
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Translations for laugh
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- сме́я сеBulgarian
- riure's de, riureCatalan, Valencian
- smát, posmívatCzech
- смиꙗтиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- lystig, latter, le, grine, le ad, sig, smile, over, gøreDanish
- lachen, auslachenGerman
- γελάω, γέλιοGreek
- ridi, ridoEsperanto
- risa, reír, reírseSpanish
- naerda, naerEstonian
- barre egin, barreBasque
- nauraa, nauru, iloita, naurattaa, pilkata, naurunaihe, vitsiFinnish
- flenna, grína, læaFaroese
- rire, moquerFrench
- laitsjeWestern Frisian
- déan gáire, gáir, gáireIrish
- dèan gàireScottish Gaelic
- हँसना, हंसनाHindi
- ծիծաղել, ծիծաղArmenian
- hlæja, hláturIcelandic
- risata, ridere, risoItalian
- 笑う, 笑い飛ばす, 一笑に付す, 笑い, 笑い物Japanese
- გაცინება, სიცილიGeorgian
- illarpoq, illaatigaaKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- សំណើច, សើចKhmer
- 웃다, 웃음, 웃음소리Korean
- rīsus, lūdibrium, rideoLatin
- laachen, LaachLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ສວນ, ຫົວLao
- juoktis, juokasLithuanian
- smieties, smiet, smiekliLatvian
- се смее, засмева, се потсмева, исмејува, смеаMacedonian
- ചിരി, അട്ടഹസിക്കുക, പൊട്ടിച്ചിരിക്കുക, പരിഹസിക്കുക, പൊട്ടിച്ചിരിMalayalam
- gelak, tawa, ketawaMalay
- lach, lachen, uitlachenDutch
- skratte, le, latter, vits, låttNorwegian
- rider, arríder, rire, ris, risadaOccitan
- śmiech, śmiać się, wyśmiewać, obśmiewaćPolish
- rir, caçoar, zoar, tirar sarro, escarnecer, riso, risadaPortuguese
- riem, rier, rir, reir, riöz, riezRomansh
- râs, râset, râdeRomanian
- смея́ться, хохота́ть, насмеха́ться, смех, умо́раRussian
- rizu, risu, ridere, risulare, arriere, riere, errisu, arrisuSardinian
- смејати, smijati, смијати, smejati, smijȇhSerbo-Croatian
- හිනා වෙනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- smiať saSlovak
- smeh, zasmehovati, smejati seSlovene
- tall, qeshem, qesh, gazmor, përqesh, qeshjeAlbanian
- skratta, skrattSwedish
- געלעכטער, צעלאַכן, לאַכןYiddish
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