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ha-ha1

[hah-hah, hah-hah] /ˈhɑˈhɑ, ˌhɑˈhɑ/
interjection, noun
1.
(used as an exclamation or representation of laughter, as in expressing amusement or derision.)
Also, haha, ha ha.
Compare haw-haw.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; of imitative orig.

ha-ha2

[hah-hah] /ˈhɑˌhɑ/
noun
Origin
1705-15; < French haha repetitive compound based on ha! exclamation of surprise
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British Dictionary definitions for ha-ha

ha-ha1

/ˈhɑː ˈhɑː/
interjection
1.
a representation of the sound of laughter
2.
an exclamation expressing derision, mockery, surprise, etc

ha-ha2

/ˈhɑː hɑː/
noun
1.
a wall or other boundary marker that is set in a ditch so as not to interrupt the landscape
Word Origin
C18: from French haha, probably based on ha! ejaculation denoting surprise
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Word Origin and History for ha-ha

also haha, used of laughter since ancient times; cf. Old English ha ha, Greek ha ha, Latin hahae. A different attempt at representation is in py-hy (1580s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for ha-ha

ha-ha

adjective

: even made a ha-ha pass at him/ ha-ha candles made to look like penises

noun

A joke; something funny; stroke of wit: That's a ha-ha all right

Related Terms

the merry ha-ha

[1940s+; ha-ha represented the sound of laughter by 1000]


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