The very idea of erections among the aged is enough to make some laugh and others gag.
They sing, dance, laugh, ride bicycles, marry, play instruments, and eat.
She had a weird ability to set you straight and make you laugh at yourself at the same time.
Ann Romney was at her best when she talked about falling for “this boy I met at a high-school dance” who “made me laugh.”
First we laugh, then we begin to wonder why the man was so distracted that he didn't notice he'd taken the doorknob with him.
Benedetta began to laugh, while the two young men made merry.
Lanning, if I had you at my back I could laugh at the law the rest of our lives!
At last Jeannette began to laugh, as if she thought it a good joke.
Let him talk, and hear you laugh when he was funny, and he was satisfied.
"I hope I shall not laugh," she observed to Waveney afterwards.
late 14c., from Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan, earlier hlihhan, from Proto-Germanic *klakhjanan (cf. Old Norse hlæja, Danish le, Old Frisian hlakkia, Old Saxon hlahhian, Middle Dutch and Dutch lachen, Old High German hlahhan, German lachen, Gothic hlahjan), from PIE *kleg-, of imitative origin (cf. Latin cachinnare "to laugh aloud," Sanskrit kakhati "laughs," Old Church Slavonic chochotati "laugh," Lithuanian klageti "to cackle," Greek kakhazein). Originally with a "hard" -gh- sound, as in Scottish loch; the spelling remained after the pronunciation shifted to "-f."
If I coveted nowe to avenge the injuries that you have done me, I myght laughe in my slyve. [John Daus, "Sleidanes Commentaries," 1560]Related: Laughed; laughing.
1680s, from laugh (v.). Meaning "a cause of laughter" is from 1895; ironic use (e.g. that's a laugh) attested from 1930. Laugh track "canned laughter on a TV program" is from 1961.