laugh /ˈlæf, ˈlɑf/
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. --Goldsmith.
That man is a bad man who has not within him the power of a hearty laugh. --F. W. Robertson.
Laugh v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laughed p. pr. & vb. n. Laughing.]
1. 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. --Shak.
He laugheth that winneth. --Heywood's Prov.
2. Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
Then laughs the childish year, with flowerets crowned. --Dryden.
In Folly's cup still laughs the bubble Joy. --Pope.
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. --Pope.
-- 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, v. t.
1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? --Shak.
I shall laugh myself to death. --Shak.
2. To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out.
From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause. --Shak.
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.
n 1: the sound of laughing [syn: laughter]
2: a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing;
"his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision"
3: 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]
v : produce laughter [syn: express joy, express mirth] [ant: