- An expression of mirth particular to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter.
- Something that provokes mirth or scorn.
- (rfdate) And the loud that spoke the vacant mind. " Goldsmith
- (rfdate) That man is a bad man who has not within him the power of a hearty . " F. W. Robertson
- (intransitive) 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 laughter.
Etymology: From (term, hlíhhan), (term, hlihhan), (term, hliehhan).
- (rfdate) Queen Hecuba laughed that her eyes ran o"er. " Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, I-ii
- (rfdate) He laugheth that winneth. " Heywood"s Prov.
- (context, intransitive, figurative) To be or appear cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
- (rfdate) Then laughs the childish year, with flowerets crowned. " Dryden
- (rfdate) In Folly"s cup still laughs the bubble Joy. " Pope
- (intransitive) To laugh at, to make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride.
- (rfdate) No wit to flatter left of all his store, No fool to at, which he valued more. " Pope
- (transitive) To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
- (rfdate) Will you me asleep, for I am very heavy? " Shakespeare, Tempest, II-i
- (rfdate) I shall myself to death. " Shakespeare, Tempest, II-ii
- (transitive) To express by, or utter with, laughter; " with out.
- (rfdate) From his deep chest laughs out a loud applause. " Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, I-iii
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