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[el-oh-el or, often, lol] /ˈɛlˌoʊˈɛl or, often, lɒl/
laughing out loud; laugh out loud: used as a response to something funny or as a follow-up to something said only as a joke.
Origin of LOL
from its use in digital communications Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • LOL hd lib sis dsi di nid dud grdsn LOL, abr, andr hundl, di nid gnn ir.'

    Lola Henny Kindermann
  • And yet these portents were valid enough too, as Nivin could have told him—the customary welcome at LOL Raman's.

  • One was his reply as to why dogs do not like cats;5 this ran: 'LOL imr hd dsorn wn sid kdsl, freigt fon wgn graln.

    Lola Henny Kindermann
  • They entered the garden of LOL Raman to find it disposed as usual, inviting the evening trade.

  • A native child approaches, bearing as an offering a LOL Ipop (one of the native fruits).

    Us and the Bottleman Edith Ballinger Price
British Dictionary definitions for LOL


laughing out loud
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for LOL


by 1993, computer chat abbreviation of laughing out loud.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for LOL


verb phrase

Computer network abbreviation for ''laughed out loud'' (1990s+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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LOL in Technology

"laughing out loud", or "lots of love" or "luck".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for LOL


laughing out loud
little old lady
lots of love
lots of luck
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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