/laf / (say lahf)

verb (i)
1. to express mirth, amusement, derision, etc., by an explosive, inarticulate sound of the voice, facial expressions, etc.
2. to experience the emotion so expressed.
3. to utter a cry or sound resembling the laughing of human beings, as some animals do.
verb (t)
4. to utter with laughter.
5. to drive, put, bring, etc., by or with laughter: he was laughed off the stage.
6. the act or sound of laughing, or laughter.
7. the cry of an animal, as the spotted hyena, or the call of a bird, as a kookaburra, that resembles human laughter.
8. an expression of mirth, derision, etc.
9. (often ironic) a cause for laughter: that's a laugh.
10. don't make me laugh, (an exclamation indicating disbelief.)
11. have a good laugh, (sometimes followed by about) to experience amusement.
12. have the (last) laugh, to prove ultimately successful; win after an earlier defeat.
13. laugh about (or over), to consider with amusement.
14. laugh all the way to the bank, Colloquial to appear to be at a disadvantage while at the same time making a lot of money. {Phrase Origin: coined by the American pianist Liberace (1919–87) in answer to a query as to how he coped with the criticism of his style and the observation that the critics were laughing at him}
15. laugh at,
a. to make fun of; deride; ridicule.
b. to be sympathetically amused by: she laughed at his fear of air travel.
16. laugh fit to kill, to laugh extremely heartily.
17. laugh in (or up) one's sleeve, to laugh inwardly at something.
18. laughing up, Aboriginal English laughing uncontrollably.
19. laugh like a drain, Colloquial to laugh loudly.
20. laugh off (or away), to dismiss (a situation, criticism, or the like) by treating lightly or with ridicule.
21. laugh on the other (or wrong) side of one's face (or mouth), to experience sudden disappointment, chagrin, displeasure, etc., especially after assuming victory or success.
22. laugh out of court, to dismiss by means of ridicule.
23. the laugh is on …, the ultimate defeat is incurred by …
{Middle English laugh(en), Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan}
laugher, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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