[laf-ing, lah-fing]
that laughs or is given to laughter: a laughing child.
uttering sounds like human laughter, as some birds.
suggesting laughter by brightness, color, sound, etc.: a laughing stream; laughing flowers.
laughable: The increase in crime is no laughing matter.

1250–1300; Middle English; see laugh, -ing1, -ing2

laughingly, adverb
unlaughing, adjective Unabridged
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laugh (lɑːf)
vb (foll by at) (foll by over)
1.  (intr) to express or manifest emotion, esp mirth or amusement, typically by expelling air from the lungs in short bursts to produce an inarticulate voiced noise, with the mouth open
2.  (intr) (esp of certain mammals or birds) to make a noise resembling a laugh
3.  (tr) to utter or express with laughter: he laughed his derision at the play
4.  (tr) to bring or force (someone, esp oneself) into a certain condition by laughter: he laughed himself sick
5.  to make fun (of); jeer (at)
6.  to read or discuss something with laughter
7.  informal don't make me laugh I don't believe you for a moment
8.  informal laugh all the way to the bank to be unashamedly pleased at making a lot of money
9.  laugh in a person's face to show open contempt or defiance towards a person
10.  informal laugh like a drain to laugh loudly and coarsely
11.  laugh up one's sleeve to laugh or have grounds for amusement, self-satisfaction, etc, secretly
12.  laugh on the other side of one's face to show sudden disappointment or shame after appearing cheerful or confident
13.  informal be laughing to be in a favourable situation
14.  the act or an instance of laughing
15.  a manner of laughter
16.  informal a person or thing that causes laughter: that holiday was a laugh
17.  the last laugh the final success in an argument, situation, etc, after previous defeat
[Old English læhan, hliehhen; related to Gothic hlahjan, Dutch lachen]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

O.E. (Anglian) hlæhhan, earlier hlihhan, from P.Gmc. *klakhjanan (cf. O.N. hlæja, Ger. lachen, Goth. hlahjan), from PIE *klak-, of imitative origin (cf. L. cachinare "to laugh aloud," Skt. kakhati "laughs," O.C.S. chochotati "laugh," Gk. kakhazein).
"If I coveted nowe to avenge the injuries that you have done me, I myght laughe in my slyve." [John Daus, "Sleidanes Commentaries," 1560]
The noun is first attested 1680s, from the verb. Meaning "a cause of laughter" is from 1895; ironic use (e.g. that's a laugh) attested from 1930. Nitrous oxide has been called laughing gas since 1842 (for its exhilarating effects). Laugh track "canned laughter on a TV program" is from 1966.
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