intransitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Latin cachinnatus, past participle of cachinnare, of imitative origin Date: 1824 to laugh loudly or immoderatelycachinnation noun

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  • cachinnate — (v.) to laugh loudly or immoderately, 1824, from L. cachinatum, pp. of cachinnare (see CACHINNATION (Cf. cachinnation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cachinnate — [kak′ə nāt΄] vi. cachinnated, cachinnating [< L cachinnatus, pp. of cachinnare: ult. of echoic orig.] to laugh loudly or too much cachinnation n …   English World dictionary

  • cachinnate — verb /ˈkækɪneɪt/ To laugh loudly, immoderately, or too often. The villain began to cachinnate and twirl his moustache. Syn: guffaw …   Wiktionary

  • cachinnate — cachinnation, n. cachinnator, n. cachinnatory /kak euh neuh tawr ee, tohr ee, keuh kin euh /, adj. /kak euh nayt /, v.i., cachinnated, cachinnating. to laugh loudly or immoderately. [1815 25; < L cachinnatus (ptp. of cachinnare to laugh aloud,… …   Universalium

  • cachinnate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To express amusement, mirth, or scorn by smiling and emitting loud, inarticulate sounds: cackle, guffaw, laugh. Informal: heehaw. Idioms: die laughing, laugh one s head off, roll in the aisles, split one s sides. See… …   English dictionary for students

  • cachinnate — v. laugh loudly, laugh wildly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cachinnate — [ kakɪneɪt] verb literary laugh loudly. Derivatives cachinnation noun Origin C19 (earlier (C17) as cachinnation): from L. cachinnat , cachinnare laugh loudly …   English new terms dictionary

  • cachinnate — cach·in·nate …   English syllables

  • cachinnate — cach•in•nate [[t]ˈkæk əˌneɪt[/t]] v. i. nat•ed, nat•ing to laugh loudly or immoderately • Etymology: 1815–25; < L cachinnātus, ptp. of cachinnāre to laugh loudly cach in•na′tion, n. cach′in•na tor, n …   From formal English to slang

  • cachinnate — /ˈkækəneɪt/ (say kakuhnayt) verb (i) (cachinnated, cachinnating) to laugh loudly or immoderately. {Latin cachinnātus, past participle} –cachinnation /kækəˈneɪʃən/ (say kakuh nayshuhn), noun …   Australian English dictionary

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