Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Laugh \Laugh\, v. t.
To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy?
I shall laugh myself to death.
To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out. From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause. --Shak. To laugh away.
To drive away by laughter; as, to laugh away regret.
To waste in hilarity. ``Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.'' --Shak. To laugh down.
To cause to cease or desist by laughter; as, to laugh down a speaker.
To cause to be given up on account of ridicule; as, to laugh down a reform.
To laugh one out of, to cause one by laughter or ridicule to abandon or give up; as, to laugh one out of a plan or purpose.
To laugh to scorn, to deride; to treat with mockery, contempt, and scorn; to despise.
Laugh \Laugh\ (l[aum]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laughed (l[aum]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. Laughing.] [OE. laughen, laghen, lauhen, AS. hlehhan, hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan; akin to OS. hlahan, D. & G. lachen, OHG. hlahhan, lahhan, lahh[=e]n, Icel. hl[ae]ja,W Dan. lee, Sw. le, Goth. hlahjan; perh. of imitative origin.]
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.
Queen Hecuba laughed that her eyes ran o'er.
He laugheth that winneth.
Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
Then laughs the childish year, with flowerets crowned.
In Folly's cup still laughs the bubble Joy.
To laugh at, to make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride.
No wit to flatter left of all his store, No fool to laugh at, which he valued more.
To laugh in the sleeve, To laugh up one's sleeve, to laugh secretly, or so as not to be observed, especially while apparently preserving a grave or serious demeanor toward the person or persons laughed at.
To laugh out, to laugh in spite of some restraining influence; to laugh aloud.
To laugh out of the other corner of the mouth or To laugh out of the other side of the mouth, to weep or cry; to feel regret, vexation, or disappointment after hilarity or exaltation. [Slang]
Laugh \Laugh\, n. An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. See Laugh, v. i.
And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
That man is a bad man who has not within him the power
of a hearty laugh.
--F. W. Robertson.
Laugh is the sixth studio album by Keller Williams, released in 2002.
A laugh is an expression of mirth particular to the human species.
Laugh may also refer to:
- Laugh (album), a 2002 album by Keller Williams
- Laugh (band), a precursor of the band Intastella
- Laugh Comics, a comic book produced by Archie Comics from 1946 to 1987
- Laugh (Terry Hall album), 1997 album by Terry Hall
Laugh (Terry Hall album)
Laugh is the second solo-album by the British singer Terry Hall. It was released in 1997 on the Southsea Bubble Company label. Hall wrote the majority of the album with guitarist Craig Gannon and collaborated with several acclaimed musicians namely singer-songwriter Stephen Duffy, The High Llamas's bandleader Sean O'Hagan and most notably Damon Albarn of Blur, whom Hall had collaborated with on Hall's 1995 EP Rainbows. The album was produced by Hall with Gannon and Cenzo Townshend. It received good reviews when original released on CD in October 1997 and peaked at number fifty on the UK Albums Chart and includes the singles "Ballad of a Landlord" and " I Saw the Light".
A special edition of the album was released in 2009 by Edsel record label. The new version featured all of the b-sides from the two singles along with liner notes by Rhoda Dakar.
n. 1 An expression of mirth particular to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. 2 Something that provokes mirth or scorn. 3 (label en UK) A fun person. vb. 1 (label en intransitive) 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. 2 (label en intransitive obsolete figuratively) To be or appear cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport. 3 (label en intransitive followed by "at") To make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride; to mock. 4 (label en transitive) To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. 5 (label en transitive) To express by, or utter with, laughter.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., from Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan, earlier hlihhan, from Proto-Germanic *klakhjan (cognates: 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 (compare 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."\n\nIf I coveted nowe to avenge the injuries that you have done me, I myght laughe in my slyve.
[John Daus, "Sleidanes Commentaries," 1560]\nRelated: Laughed; laughing.
1680s, from laugh (v.). Meaning "a cause of laughter" is from 1895; ironic use (as in that's a laugh) attested from 1930. Laugh track "canned laughter on a TV program" is from 1961.
n. the sound of laughing [syn: laughter]
a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing; "his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision"
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 hisown jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point" [syn: joke, gag, jest, jape]
Usage examples of "laugh".
Everett were just stepping out of the stables when they spied Abigail and Moira strolling toward them, talking and laughing.
Both Abigail and Moira laughed with delight as they sought to hold down the billowing cloth.
When he had turned on one of the impudent young bucks with a sudden snarl, Acer had laughed at him for his inability to take a joke.
Pasgen would read in her words how much her arms ached to curve around a small, warm body, to hold a child that wriggled and laughed and cuddled against her for comfort.
The magistrate was acquainted with the girl, and the mother laughed at having duped me so easily.
I declined to be present at his suppers, which were far from amusing, and gave the family of the actress an opportunity of laughing at the poor fool who was paying for them.
I courted her, but she only laughed at me, for an actress, if in love with someone, is a fortress which cannot be taken, unless you build a bridge of gold, and I was not rich.
Andrea went off without answering him, laughing at the acumen still left to this cracked wit.
Although I had much ado to refrain from laughing at the vexation and disappointment which appeared on all their faces, I succeeded in preserving my serious air.
And let no one laugh at this poor adolescent who comes up with advice on matrimonial matters in which obviously he cannot be an expert.
He also related almost all the adventures that Sancho had recounted, which both astonished them and made them laugh, for they thought what everyone thought: it was the strangest kind of madness that had ever afflicted an irrational mind.
I think of starting on the road to resume my adventurous life, I laugh at myself in the mirror.
He was affable to everyone, easy-going, laughing a great deal and giving the impression of enjoying life in every way.
The princess, for her part, seemed to enjoy the attention of the foreign prince, talking with him animatedly and occasionally even laughing softly, something Ager had never heard her do before.
Kamposea Agora, several times, bringing her to worship at the Cmiral, spending an entire afternoon with her in the Temple of Xothei, laughing as she marveled at its great dome and listening as she explained how the Ceneians had built it in near antiquity.