laugh at

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 (lăf, läf)
v. laughed, laugh·ing, laughs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.laugh at - subject to laughter or ridiculelaugh at - subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"
bemock, mock - treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
tease - mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
lampoon, satirise, satirize - ridicule with satire; "The writer satirized the politician's proposal"
debunk, expose - expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas; "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"
stultify - cause to appear foolish; "He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent"
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1. To express amusement, mirth, or scorn by smiling and emitting loud, inarticulate sounds:
Informal: heehaw.
Idioms: die laughing, laugh one's head off, roll in the aisles, split one's sides.
2. To make fun or make fun of:
Chiefly British: quiz.
Idiom: poke fun at.
1. An act of laughing:
Informal: heehaw.
2. Informal. Something or someone uproariously funny or absurd:
Informal: hoot, joke, scream.
Slang: gas, howl, panic, riot.
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(laːf) verb
to make sounds with the voice in showing happiness, amusement, scorn etc. We laughed at the funny photographs; Children were laughing in the garden as they played.
an act or sound of laughing. He gave a laugh; a loud laugh.
ˈlaughable adjective
1. ridiculous or deserving scorn. Her attempts at drawing were laughable.
2. amusing; comical.
ˈlaughably adverb
ˈlaughingly adverb
as a joke. She suggested laughingly that he should try it himself.
ˈlaughter noun
the act or sound of laughing. We could hear laughter / the sound of laughter from the next room.
ˈlaughing-stock noun
someone who is laughed at. If I wear that hat, I'll be a laughing-stock.
laugh at
to make it obvious that one regards something or someone as humorous, ridiculous or deserving scorn. Everyone will laugh at me if I wear that dress!; The others laughed at his fears.
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References in classic literature ?
And when we were left together, did I laugh at the great things that were in her mind, or had she to whisper them to me first, and then did I put my arm round her and tell her that I would help?
How dare they laugh at me in your house?" said Aglaya, turning sharply on her mother in that hysterical frame of mind that rides recklessly over every obstacle and plunges blindly through proprieties.
They could describe an entertainment with accuracy, relate an anecdote with humour, and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit.
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, DO divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
If that isn't funny enough to laugh at, I don't know what is."
They liked a good country breakfast, and nothing gave Polly more satisfaction than to see her big boy clear the dishes, empty the little coffee-pot, and then sit and laugh at her across the ravaged table.
Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion.
"See if she don't;" and to Maud's great surprise Tom did n't laugh at her project.
With all his thoughtlessness, Tom was quick to see and feel these things, and was not spoilt enough yet to laugh at them.
Learn to laugh at yourselves, as ye ought to laugh!
And she was so un-hysterical and natural and childish that she brought him to his senses and he began to laugh at himself and a few minutes afterward she was sitting on her stool again telling him not what she imagined the secret garden to be like but what it really was, and Colin's aches and tiredness were forgotten and he was listening enraptured.
The researchers also investigated how the study participants handle being laughed at and whether they like to laugh at others.