Language: Old English
Origin: hliehhan


1 verb
laugh1 S2 W2
1 [intransitive] to make sounds with your voice, usually while you are smiling, because you think something is funny:
Maria looked at him and laughed.
laugh at/about
'I didn't know what I was doing,' she said, laughing at the memory.
Tony was laughing so hard he had to steady himself on the table.
Nora laughed so much that she nearly cried.
laugh heartily/uproariously/hysterically etc (=laugh a lot)
The kids tumbled around on the floor, laughing hysterically.
He couldn't help it; he burst out laughing (=suddenly started laughing).
He's one of the few writers who can make me laugh out loud.
2 [transitive] to say something in a voice that shows you are amused:
'You look ridiculous!' Nick laughed.

not know whether to laugh or cry

to feel upset or annoyed about something bad that has happened, but also able to see that there is something funny about it:
And when I couldn't find the passports - honestly, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

don't make me laugh

spoken used when someone has just told you something that is completely untrue, asked for something impossible etc:
'Can you finish this by tomorrow?' 'Don't make me laugh.'

no laughing matter

informal something serious that should not be joked about:
It's no laughing matter having to walk by a group of rowdy drunks every night just to get home.

be laughed out of court

also be laughed out of town/business etc American English if a person or idea is laughed out of court etc, the idea is not accepted because people think it is completely stupid:
We can't propose that! We'd be laughed out of court!

you have to laugh

spoken used to say that, even though a situation is annoying or disappointing, you can also see that there is something funny about it

be laughing all the way to the bank

informal to make a lot of money without making much effort

somebody will be laughing on the other side of their face

spoken used to say that although someone is happy or confident now, they will be in trouble later

be laughing

British English spoken informal to be happy or in a good situation, for example because something has had a successful result for you:
Well they paid me, didn't they, so I'm laughing.

laugh in somebody's face

to behave towards someone in a way that shows that you do not respect them:
I told my sister what I thought, and she just laughed in my face.

laugh up your sleeve

to be secretly happy, especially because you have played a trick on someone or criticized them without them knowing
giggle to laugh repeatedly in a silly way because you are amused, embarrassed, or nervous
to laugh unkindly and quietly, especially at something that is not meant to be funny
to laugh quietly, especially because you are thinking about something funny
roar/howl with laughter
to laugh very loudly because you think something is very funny
be in hysterics
to laugh uncontrollably
crack up
informal to suddenly start laughing a lot

laugh at somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to make unkind or funny remarks about someone, because they have done or said something you think is stupid [= tease]:
I'm afraid the other kids will laugh at me because I don't understand.
2 to seem not to care about something that most people would worry about:
Young offenders just laugh at this sort of sentence.

laugh something ↔ off

phrasal verb
to pretend that something is less serious than it really is by laughing or joking about it:
Knox laughed off rumors that he would be running for mayor.

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