laugher


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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 ?
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.
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.
Jack Laugher used to vow he would quit diving once he realised his dream of Olympic gold.
JACK Laugher used to vow he would quit diving once he realised his dream of Olympic gold, but one year out from Tokyo 2020 he maintains he is more motivated than ever to add to his historic triumph in Rio.
Olympic diving champion Jack Laugher also came to Scott's defence.
BRITISH divers Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow secured their first major honour as a pair -- and sealed Team GB's place in the three-metre synchronised event at the 2020 Olympics.
| In diving, British pair Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow claimed silver in the synchronised World Championships event.
DIVING BRITISH divers Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow secured their first major honour as a pair -- and sealed Team GB's place in the three-metre synchronised event at the 2020 Olympics.
Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson won bronze in the women's 10m synchronised platform, as did Jack Laugher and Daniel Goodfellow in the men's 3m synchronised.