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English Dictionary: laugh by the DICT Development Group
5 results for laugh
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the sound of laughing
    Synonym(s): laugh, laughter
  2. a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing; "his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision"
  3. a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
    Synonym(s): joke, gag, laugh, jest, jape
  1. produce laughter [syn: laugh, express joy, {express mirth}]
    Antonym(s): cry, weep
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Laugh \Laugh\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Laughed}; 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[?]n, Icel. hl[91]ja. Dan.
      lee, Sw. le, Goth. hlahjan; perh. of imitative origin.]
      1. To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar
            movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the
            mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and
            usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or
            chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in
                     Queen Hecuba laughed that her eyes ran o'er. --Shak.
                     He laugheth that winneth.                  --Heywood's
      2. Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful,
            lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
                     Then laughs the childish year, with flowerets
                     crowned.                                             --Dryden.
                     In Folly's cup still laughs the bubble Joy. --Pope.
      {To laugh at}, to make an object of laughter or ridicule; to
            make fun of; to deride.
                     No wit to flatter left of all his store, No fool to
                     laugh at, which he valued more.         --Pope.
      {To laugh in the sleeve}

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Laugh \Laugh\, v. t.
      1. To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
                     Will you laugh me asleep, for I am very heavy?
                     I shall laugh myself to death.            --Shak.
      2. To express by, or utter with, laughter; -- with out.
                     From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause.
      {To laugh away}.
            (a) To drive away by laughter; as, to laugh away regret.
            (b) To waste in hilarity. [bd]Pompey doth this day laugh
                  away his fortune.[b8] --Shak.
      {To laugh down}.
            (a) To cause to cease or desist by laughter; as, to laugh
                  down a speaker.
            (b) To cause to be given up on account of ridicule; as, to
                  laugh down a reform.
      {To laugh one out of}, to cause one by laughter or ridicule
            to abandon or give up; as, to laugh one out of a plan or
      {To laugh to scorn}, to deride; to treat with mockery,
            contempt, and scorn; to despise.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Laugh \Laugh\, n.
      An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the
      sound heard in laughing; laughter. See {Laugh}, v. i.
               And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind.
               That man is a bad man who has not within him the power
               of a hearty laugh.                                 --F. W.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sardonic \Sar*don"ic\, a. [F. sardonique, L. sardonius, Gr. [?],
      [?], perhaps fr. [?] to grin like a dog, or from a certain
      plant of Sardinia, Gr. [?], which was said to screw up the
      face of the eater.]
      Forced; unnatural; insincere; hence, derisive, mocking,
      malignant, or bitterly sarcastic; -- applied only to a laugh,
      smile, or some facial semblance of gayety.
               Where strained, sardonic smiles are glozing still, And
               grief is forced to laugh against her will. --Sir H.
               The scornful, ferocious, sardonic grin of a bloody
               ruffian.                                                --Burke.
      {Sardonic grin} [or] {laugh}, an old medical term for a
            spasmodic affection of the muscles of the face, giving it
            an appearance of laughter.
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