laugh: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (laf, läf), [key]
- to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements.
- to experience the emotion so expressed: He laughed inwardly at the scene.
- to produce a sound resembling human laughter: A coyote laughed in the dark.
- to drive, put, bring, etc., by or with laughter (often fol. by out, away, down, etc.): They laughed him out of town. We laughed away our troubles.
- to utter with laughter: He laughed his consent.
- They were laughing at him, not along with him.
- to make fun of; deride; ridicule:They were laughing at him, not along with him.
- to be scornful of; reject:They stopped laughing at the unusual theory when it was found to be predictive.
- to find sympathetic amusement in; regard with humor:We can learn to laugh a little at even our most serious foibles.
- See(def. 4).
- to dismiss as ridiculous, trivial, or hollow: He had received threats but laughed them off as the work of a crank.
- to dismiss or depreciate by means of ridicule; totally scorn: His violent protests were laughed out of court by the others.
- to undergo a chastening reversal, as of glee or satisfaction that is premature; be ultimately chagrined, punished, etc.; cry: She's proud of her promotion, but she'll laugh out of the other side of her mouth when the work piles up.
- the act or sound of laughing; laughter.
- an expression of mirth, derision, etc., by laughing.
- something that provokes laughter, amusement, or ridicule: After all the advance publicity, the prizefight turned out to be a laugh.
- fun; amusement.
- to prove ultimately successful after a seeming defeat or loss: She smiled slyly, because she knew she would yet have the last laugh on them.
- laugh (Thesaurus)