Laugh
Laugh Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster]

Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I shall laugh myself to death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out. [1913 Webster]

From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To laugh away}. (a) To drive away by laughter; as, to laugh away regret. (b) To waste in hilarity. ``Pompey doth this day laugh away his fortune.'' --Shak.

{To laugh down}. (a) To cause to cease or desist by laughter; as, to laugh down a speaker. (b) 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. [1913 Webster]


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  • laugh — [laf, läf] vi. [ME laughen < OE hleahhan, akin to Ger lachen (OHG hlahhan) < IE base * klēg , to cry out, sound > Gr klangē, L clangor] 1. to make the explosive sounds of the voice, and the characteristic movements of the features and… …   English World dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh — ► VERB 1) make the sounds and movements that express lively amusement and sometimes also derision. 2) (laugh at) make fun of; ridicule. 3) (laugh off) dismiss by (something) treating it light heartedly. 4) (be laughing) informal be in a fortunate …   English terms dictionary

  • laugh — laugh; laugh·able; laugh·able·ness; laugh·ably; laugh·some; laugh·ter·less; laugh·er; laugh·ter; laugh·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • Laugh — Laugh, n. An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. See {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] That man is a bad man who has not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh — [v] expressing amusement, happiness with sound be in stitches*, break up*, burst*, cachinnate, chortle, chuckle, convulsed*, crack up*, crow, die laughing*, fracture*, giggle, grin, guffaw, howl, roar, roll in the aisles*, scream, shriek, snicker …   New thesaurus

  • laugh — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 sound/act of laughing ADJECTIVE ▪ loud ▪ light, little, short, slight, small, soft ▪ deep …   Collocations dictionary

  • laugh — laugh1 W2S2 [la:f US læf] v [: Old English; Origin: hliehhan] 1.) to make sounds with your voice, usually while you are smiling, because you think something is funny ▪ Maria looked at him and laughed. laugh at/about ▪ I didn t know what I was… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • laugh — [[t]lɑ͟ːf, læ̱f[/t]] ♦ laughs, laughing, laughed 1) VERB When you laugh, you make a sound with your throat while smiling and show that you are happy or amused. People also sometimes laugh when they feel nervous or are being unfriendly. He was… …   English dictionary

  • laugh — I UK [lɑːf] / US [læf] verb [intransitive] Word forms laugh : present tense I/you/we/they laugh he/she/it laughs present participle laughing past tense laughed past participle laughed *** Other ways of saying laugh: giggle to laugh in a nervous… …   English dictionary

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