Laughter

  • 1 Laughter — Laugh ter, n. [AS. hleahtor; akin to OHG. hlahtar, G. gel[ a]chter, Icel. hl[=a]tr, Dan. latter. See {Laugh}, v. i. ] A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 laughter — [laf′tər, läf′tər] n. [ME < OE hleahtor (akin to Ger gelächter) < base of hleahhan, to LAUGH] 1. the action of laughing or the sound resulting 2. an indication of amusement [with laughter in her eyes] 3. Archaic a matter for or cause of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 laughter — late 14c., from O.E. hleahtor, from P.Gmc. *hlahtraz (Cf. O.N. hlatr, Dan. latter, O.H.G. lahtar, Ger. Gelächter); see LAUGH (Cf. laugh) (v.) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 laughter — ► NOUN ▪ the action or sound of laughing …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Laughter — For other uses, see Laughter (disambiguation). Laugh redirects here. For other uses, see Laugh (disambiguation). Snicker redirects here. For other uses, see Snickers (disambiguation). A man laughing Laughing is a reaction to certain stimuli,… …

    Wikipedia

  • 6 laughter — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ hearty, helpless, hysterical, insane, loud, maniacal (esp. AmE), raucous, uncontrollable, uproarious, wild …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 7 laughter — Synonyms and related words: Homeric laughter, amusement, belly laugh, boff, boffola, burst of laughter, cachinnation, cackle, chortle, chortling, chuckle, convulsion, crow, fit of laughter, frivolity, fun, gales of laughter, giggle, glee,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 8 laughter — n. 1) to cause, provoke laughter 2) contagious, infectious; convulsive; derisive; hearty, loud, raucous, uproarious; sardonic; subdued laughter 3) a burst, fit, gale; ripple of laughter 4) (misc.) to double up with laughter * * * [ lɑːftə]… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 laughter — laugh|ter [ˈla:ftə US ˈlæftər] n [U] [: Old English; Origin: hleahtor] when people laugh, or the sound of people laughing ▪ Foster joined in the laughter. ▪ He looked shocked, then burst into laughter (=started laughing) . roar/scream/shriek with …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 laughter — [[t]lɑ͟ːftə(r), læ̱f [/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) N UNCOUNT Laughter is the sound of people laughing, for example because they are amused or happy. Their laughter filled the corridor... He delivered the line perfectly, and everybody roared with laughter.… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 laughter — We laugh at things that are laughable, but also laugh exultantly at a success, or bitterly at a failure, or at the unexpected or even the typical. We may even laugh but not at anything with pure joy, or nervousness, or embarrassment, or merely… …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 12 laughter — laughterless, adj. /laf teuhr, lahf /, n. 1. the action or sound of laughing. 2. an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness: a man of laughter and goodwill. 3. an expression or appearance of merriment or… …

    Universalium

  • 13 Laughter — Filmdaten Originaltitel Laughter Produktionsland USA …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 14 laughter — laugh|ter [ læftər ] noun uncount ** the sound of someone laughing: The children s laughter drifted down the street. a. enjoyment or happiness expressed by laughing: scream/roar/shriek with laughter. (=laugh very loudly): His performance had… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 laughter — noun (U) the act of laughing or sound of people laughing: We could hear riotous laughter from next door. | roar/howl/shriek with laughter (=laugh very loudly) | dissolve into laughter (=start to laugh when you have been trying not to) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 laughter */*/ — UK [ˈlɑːftə(r)] / US [ˈlæftər] noun [uncountable] a) the sound of someone laughing The children s laughter drifted down the street. b) enjoyment or happiness expressed by laughing scream/roar/shriek with laughter (= laugh very loudly): His… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 laughter — noun /ˈlɑːftə,ˈlæftɚ/ a) The sound of laughing, produced by air so expelled; any similar sound. Their loud laughter betrayed their presence b) A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the laughing face, particularly of the lips, with a… …

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  • 18 laughter — There is not much in the Bible in praise of laughter as an expression of pleasure and paradox; Ps. 126:2 is one of the rare instances. However, there are those who laugh at others misfortune (Job 30:1), as well as those who laugh their way self… …

    Dictionary of the Bible

  • 19 laughter — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. laughing, guffaw, snicker, giggle, titter, chuckle. See rejoicing. Ant., tears, crying. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. chortling, chuckling, guffawing, tittering, giggling, shouting, roaring, crowing,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 laughter — noun 1) the laughter subsided Syn: laughing, chuckling, chortling, guffawing, giggling, tittering, sniggering 2) a source of laughter Syn: amusement, entertainment, humour, mirth …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary