cachinnation


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Related to cachinnation: cachinnating, cachinnator

cach·in·nate

 (kăk′ə-nāt′)
intr.v. cach·in·nat·ed, cach·in·nat·ing, cach·in·nates
To laugh hard, loudly, or convulsively; guffaw.

[Latin cachinnāre, cachinnāt-, of imitative origin.]

cach′in·na′tion n.
cach′in·na′tor n.

cachinnation

(ˌkækɪˈneɪʃən)
n
1. raucous laughter
2. (Psychiatry) psychiatry inappropriate laughter, sometimes found in schizophrenia

cachinnation

raucous laughter; loud whinnying.
See also: Laughter
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cachinnation - loud convulsive laughter
laugh, laughter - the sound of laughing

cachinnation

noun
An act of laughing:
Informal: heehaw.
References in classic literature ?
I really did not expect any Grace to answer; for the laugh was as tragic, as preternatural a laugh as any I ever heard; and, but that it was high noon, and that no circumstance of ghostliness accompanied the curious cachinnation; but that neither scene nor season favoured fear, I should have been superstitiously afraid.
Smooth-it-away laugh outright, in the midst of which cachinnation a smoke-wreath issued from his mouth and nostrils, while a twinkle of lurid flame darted out of either eye, proving indubitably that his heart was all of a red blaze.
And at black midnight, from the lonely cross-roads where he turned from town into his own place, came his plaguey cachinnations to rouse me from my sleep and make me writhe and clench my nails into my palms.