Preserve took the timid little girls hand and tried to laugh away her fears.
She tried to laugh away her senseless fears, but it was no good.
Above all things, seriousness in argument with them seems most desirable, for without it they laugh away the clearest proofs.
They can laugh away their sorrows, and sing away their cares.
laugh away; I will put up with any mockery rather than pretend that I am satisfied when I am hungry.
He tried to laugh away his weakness and fears, as he hastily dressed.
Molly tried to laugh away her disappointment about her savings, but she could not disguise to herself what it actually meant.
She could not recover her presence of mind so as to laugh away the awkward situation.
I endeavored to laugh away her fears, but got little response.
Tullis, observing this, tried to laugh away her nervousness.
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.