laugh1 [ læf ] verb intransitive ***
1. ) to make the noise with your voice that shows you think something is funny:
We talked and laughed late into the night.
laugh at: The audience didn't laugh at his jokes.
laugh about: They were still laughing about the experience years later.
burst out laughing (=start laughing suddenly): She burst out laughing when she saw what he was wearing.
2. ) to show that you think someone or something is stupid or deserves no respect:
When I told them my idea, they just laughed.
laugh in someone's face: If someone had told me this was going to happen, I would've laughed in their face.
be laughing INFORMAL
to be in a very good situation, especially as a result of something you have received:
If this deal comes off as planned we'll be laughing.
don't make me laugh SPOKEN
used for telling someone that you disagree with them or think what they said is not possible or true
laugh all the way to the bank INFORMAL
to make a lot of money easily
no laughing matter
something that should be treated seriously
not know whether to laugh or cry
to feel confused and not know what to do when something bad happens, usually something unexpected
you'll be laughing on the other side of your face SPOKEN
used for telling someone that something is going to happen to stop them feeling so happy about a situation
`laugh at phrasal verb transitive
laugh at someone to behave in a way that shows your are not worried or frightened by something:
He's always been able to laugh at danger.
laugh at someone behind his/her back
to say unkind things about someone when they are not there
laugh at yourself
to not be too serious or sensitive about yourself and the things you do:
In a culture that too often lacks perspective, these cartoons give Americans the chance to laugh at themselves.
,laugh `off phrasal verb transitive
to joke about something to show that you think it is not important or serious:
They just laughed off the rumors that they are getting married.
laugh 2 [ læf ] noun count **
the sound you make when you laugh:
a hearty laugh
be (always) good for a laugh
1. ) to be something that people always enjoy
2. ) to be someone who is always fun to be with
have the last laugh
to finally be more successful than someone who was unpleasant to you, especially someone who laughed when you failed before
a laugh a minute INFORMAL
very funny or enjoyable. This expression is usually used in a humorous way to show that you really think someone or something is not funny or enjoyable:
I can tell you this guy is going to be a laugh a minute.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • laugh — [laf, läf] vi. [ME laughen < OE hleahhan, akin to Ger lachen (OHG hlahhan) < IE base * klēg , to cry out, sound > Gr klangē, L clangor] 1. to make the explosive sounds of the voice, and the characteristic movements of the features and… …   English World dictionary

  • Laugh — Laugh, v. t. 1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. [1913 Webster] Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy? Shak. [1913 Webster] I shall laugh myself to death. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To express by, or utter with,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Laugh — (l[aum]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Laughed} (l[aum]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laughing}.] [OE. laughen, laghen, lauhen, AS. hlehhan, hlihhan, hlyhhan, hliehhan; akin to OS. hlahan, D. & G. lachen, OHG. hlahhan, lahhan, lahh[=e]n, Icel. hl[ae]ja,W Dan.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh — ► VERB 1) make the sounds and movements that express lively amusement and sometimes also derision. 2) (laugh at) make fun of; ridicule. 3) (laugh off) dismiss by (something) treating it light heartedly. 4) (be laughing) informal be in a fortunate …   English terms dictionary

  • laugh — laugh; laugh·able; laugh·able·ness; laugh·ably; laugh·some; laugh·ter·less; laugh·er; laugh·ter; laugh·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • Laugh — Laugh, n. An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. See {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] That man is a bad man who has not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laugh — [v] expressing amusement, happiness with sound be in stitches*, break up*, burst*, cachinnate, chortle, chuckle, convulsed*, crack up*, crow, die laughing*, fracture*, giggle, grin, guffaw, howl, roar, roll in the aisles*, scream, shriek, snicker …   New thesaurus

  • laugh-in — «LAF IHN, LAHF », noun. Informal. a funny or merry act, entertainment, or the like: »Player conducted a laugh in on the practice ground, subduing inner feelings about the fate of his father (London Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • laugh|y — «LAF ee, LAHF », adjective. inclined to laugh …   Useful english dictionary

  • laugh at — index disdain, disparage, flout, humiliate, jape, jeer, mock (deride), pillory …   Law dictionary

  • laugh at — (someone) to ridicule someone. A lot of kids laughed at me because of the way I dressed, but it never bothered me …   New idioms dictionary