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[laf-ter, lahf-] /ˈlæf tər, ˈlɑf-/
the action or sound of laughing.
an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness:
a man of laughter and goodwill.
an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.
Archaic. an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement.
Origin of laughter
before 900; Middle English; Old English hleahtor; cognate with Old High German hlahtar, Old Norse hlātr; see laugh
Related forms
laughterless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for laughter
  • The audience at the law school can be heard breaking out in laughter.
  • Soon enough the gentle sounds of the canyon were mingling with the happy laughter of children.
  • laughter with friends releases endorphins, the brain's.
  • laughter spreads through the room, and even a chuckle can be heard from the usually aloof king.
  • But when a certain writer pulled off a sick pogo butterfly move, the only thing it garnered was derisive laughter.
  • Granted, laughter comes easy when you reach this level.
  • If you stop talking then little conversations will break out, and then full-fledged laughter and debates.
  • laughter and cheers cause a buzz of activity in brain regions that control facial movement.
  • Her off-tune singing, burps between breaths and rhythmic fish-swallowing has the crowd roaring with laughter.
  • Their marriage was a loving one filled with joy, laughter and mutual devotion.
British Dictionary definitions for laughter


the action of or noise produced by laughing
the experience or manifestation of mirth, amusement, scorn, or joy
Word Origin
Old English hleahtor; related to Old Norse hlātr
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Word Origin and History for laughter

late 14c., from Old English hleahtor, from Proto-Germanic *hlahtraz (cf. Old Norse hlatr, Danish latter, Old High German lahtar, German Gelächter); see laugh (v.).

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