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laugh

 (lăf, läf)
v. laughed, laugh·ing, laughs
v.intr.
1. To express certain emotions, especially mirth or delight, by a series of spontaneous, usually unarticulated sounds often accompanied by corresponding facial and bodily movements.
2. To show or feel amusement or good humor: an experience we would laugh about later on.
3.
a. To feel or express derision or contempt; mock: I had to laugh when I saw who my opponent was.
b. To feel a triumphant or exultant sense of well-being: You won't be laughing when the truth comes out.
4. To produce sounds resembling laughter: parrots laughing and chattering in the trees.
v.tr.
1. To affect or influence by laughter: laughed the speaker off the stage; laughed the proposal down.
2. To say with a laugh: He laughed his delight at the victory.
n.
1.
a. The act of laughing.
b. The sound of laughing; laughter.
2. Informal Something amusing, absurd, or contemptible; a joke: The solution they recommended was a laugh.
3. often laughs Informal Fun; amusement: went along just for laughs.
Phrasal Verbs:
laugh at
To treat lightly; scoff at: a daredevil who laughed at danger.
laugh off (or away)
To dismiss as ridiculously or laughably trivial: laughed off any suggestion that her career was over.
Idioms:
laugh all the way to the bank
To take glee in making money, especially from activity that others consider to be unimpressive or unlikely to turn a profit.
laugh out of the other side of (one's) mouth
To see one's good fortune turn to bad; suffer a humbling reversal.
laugh up/in (one's) sleeve
To rejoice or exult in secret, as at another's error or defeat.

[Middle English laughen, from Old English hlæhhan, probably ultimately of imitative origin.]

laugh′er n.
laugh′ing·ly adv.

laugh•er

(ˈlæf ər, ˈlɑ fər)

n.
1. a person who laughs.
2. Informal. a contest or competition in which one person or team easily overwhelms another; easy victory.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laugher - a person who is laughing or who laughs easilylaugher - a person who is laughing or who laughs easily
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
giggler, titterer - a person who laughs nervously
2.laugher - an easy victorylaugher - an easy victory      
triumph, victory - a successful ending of a struggle or contest; "a narrow victory"; "the general always gets credit for his army's victory"; "clinched a victory"; "convincing victory"; "the agreement was a triumph for common sense"
References in classic literature ?
In spite of the reign of fear under which we lived, the Folk were always great laughers. We had the sense of humor.
The soldier to whom the laughers referred was Dolokhov.
And forthwith it came to pass that the laugher wept--with anger and longing wept Zarathustra bitterly.
The trumpeter and laugher, as their names express, utter a very different coo from the other breeds.
Certainly I am a great laugher, and it is better to laugh too much than too little.
As his friends laughed boisterously at his misfortune, he picked himself up and started to laugh also, with gusto and as much amusement as his friends, for now everyone was laughing loud and hard, including the American and his Filipino companion, the laughers and the laughed-at caught in a cosmic comic moment.
They must have been great laughers. Their cartoons, overall, are wild, rambunctious, Rabelaisiandeeply French.
"I still play there about three times a year, they're good laughers in Wirral," says the comedy legend who is due to perform a sell-out show later this month.
Laughter Yoga Cyprus with members of Joy Team 2012 will choose the best video entries for the most contagious laughers of Cyprus 2012.