Laughing
Laughing Laugh"ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster]

{Laughing falcon} (Zo["o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); -- so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh.

{Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen

{Laughing goose} (Zo["o]l.), the European white-fronted goose.

{Laughing gull}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A common European gull ({Xema ridibundus}); -- called also {pewit}, {black cap}, {red-legged gull}, and {sea crow}. (b) An American gull ({Larus atricilla}). In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black.

{Laughing hyena} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena. See {Hyena}.

{Laughing jackass} (Zo["o]l.), the great brown kingfisher ({Dacelo gigas}), of Australia; -- called also {giant kingfisher}, and {gogobera}.

{Laughing owl} (Zo["o]l.), a peculiar owl ({Sceloglaux albifacies}) of New Zealand, said to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes. [1913 Webster]


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  • laughing — (n.) mid 14c., verbal noun from LAUGH (Cf. laugh) (v.). Laughing matter (usually with negative) is from 1560s. Nitrous oxide has been called laughing gas since 1842 (for its exhilarating effects). Davy, experimenting with the gas, discovered… …   Etymology dictionary

  • laughing — [laf′iŋ] adj. 1. that laughs or appears to laugh [a laughing brook] 2. uttered with laughter [a laughing remark] n. laughter laughingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • laughing — index jocular Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • laughing — n. & adj. n. laughter. adj. in senses of LAUGH v. Phrases and idioms: laughing gas nitrous oxide as an anaesthetic, formerly used without oxygen and causing an exhilarating effect when inhaled. laughing hyena see HYENA. laughing jackass =… …   Useful english dictionary

  • laughing — laughingly, adv. /laf ing, lah fing/, adj. 1. that laughs or is given to laughter: a laughing child. 2. uttering sounds like human laughter, as some birds. 3. suggesting laughter by brightness, color, sound, etc.: a laughing stream; laughing… …   Universalium

  • laughing — /ˈlafɪŋ/ (say lahfing) noun 1. laughter. –adjective 2. that laughs; giving vent to laughter, as persons. –phrase 3. be laughing, Colloquial to be in an extremely advantageous situation: if I won the contract I d be laughing. 4. no laughing matter …   Australian English dictionary

  • Laughing — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laughing — adj. Laughing is used with these nouns: ↑fit, ↑gas …   Collocations dictionary

  • Laughing — being in a favourable or fortunate position: One more result like that and you ll be laughing …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • laughing — Australian Slang being in a favourable or fortunate position: One more result like that and you ll be laughing …   English dialects glossary

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