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  1. A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs.
  • The act of , which is a sweet contraction of the muscles of the face, and a pleasant agitation of the vocal organs, is not merely, or totally within the jurisdiction of ourselves. - Sir Thomas Browne
  • Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning with - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    1. The sound produced by air so expelled.
    2. (slang) A decidedly one-sided sports contest, especially where the winning team is able to score at will.
  • The final score of the football game was 70-0; what a laugher it was.
    Etymology: Anglo Saxon hleahtor; akin to Old High German hlahtar, German gelíchter, Icelandic hlítur, Danish latter.

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