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Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - ALTERNATIVE FORMS
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* laff (eye dialect) * laughe (archaic) * larf (Cockney eye dialect)

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - ETYMOLOGY
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From Middle English _laughen_, _laghen_, from Old English (Anglian) _hlæhhan_, _hlehhan_, (West Saxon) _hliehhan_, from Proto-Germanic _*hlahjaną_, from Proto-Indo-European _*klok-ie_.

From Middle English laughen, laghen, from Old English (Anglian) hlæhhan, hlehhan, (West Saxon) hliehhan, from Proto-Germanic *hlahjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *klok-ie.

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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* (Australia) IPA(key): /laːf/ * (UK) IPA(key): /lɑːf/ * (US) enPR: lăf, IPA(key): /læf/ * Rhymes: -ɑːf * Rhymes: -æf

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - NOUN
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LAUGH (_plural_ LAUGHS) * An expression of mirth particular to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. * 1803, Oliver Goldsmith, _The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, M.B.: With an Account of His Life_, page 45: And the loud LAUGH that spoke the vacant mind. * 1869, F. W. Robertson, _Lectures and Addresses on Literary and Social Topics_, page 87: That man is a bad man who has not within him the power of a hearty LAUGH. * Something that provokes mirth or scorn. * 1921, Ring Lardner, _The Big Town: How I and the Mrs. Go to New York to See Life and Get Katie a Husband_, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, page 73: “And this rug,” he says, stomping on an old rag carpet. “How much do you suppose that cost?” ¶ It was my first guess, so I said fifty dollars. ¶ “THAT’S A LAUGH,” he said. “I paid two thousand for that rug.” * 1979, Monty Python, _Always Look on the Bright Side of Life_ Life's a piece of shit / When you look at it / Life's a LAUGH and death's a joke, it's true. * (UK) A fun person. * 2010, The Times, March 14, 2010, _Tamzin Outhwaite, the unlikely musical star_ Outhwaite is a good LAUGH, yes, she knows how to smile: but deep down, she really is strong and stern. SYNONYMS * (expression of mirth): cackle, chortle, chuckle, giggle, guffaw, snicker, snigger, titter, cachinnation * (something that provokes mirth or scorn): joke, laughing stock DERIVED TERMS TRANSLATIONS

laugh (plural laughs)

  1. An expression of mirth particular to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter.
  2. Something that provokes mirth or scorn.
  3. (UK) A fun person.

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Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - VERB
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LAUGH (_third-person singular simple present_ LAUGHS, _present participle_ LAUGHING, _simple past and past participle_ LAUGHED) * (intransitive) To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter. * C. 1602, William Shakespeare, _Troilus and Cressida_, act I, scene ii: But there was such laughing! Queen Hecuba LAUGH'd that her eyes ran o'er. * 1899, Stephen Crane, _Twelve O'Clock_ The roars of laughter which greeted his proclamation were of two qualities; some men LAUGHING because they knew all about cuckoo-clocks, and other men LAUGHING because they had concluded that the eccentric Jake had been victimised by some wise child of civilisation. * 1979, Monty Python, _Always Look on the Bright Side of Life_ If life seems jolly rotten / There's something you've forgotten / And that's to LAUGH and smile and dance and sing. * (intransitive, obsolete, figuratively) To be or appear cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport. * 1693, John Dryden, "Of the Pythagorean Philosophy", from the 15th book of Ovid's _Metamorphoses_ Then LAUGHS the childish year, with flowerets crowned […] * 1734, Alexander Pope, _An Essay on Man_, Chapter 3 In Folly’s cup ſtill LAUGHS the bubble Joy. * (intransitive, followed by "at") To make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride; to mock. * 1731-1735, Alexander Pope, _Moral Essays_ No wit to flatter left of all his store, No fool to LAUGH at, which he valu'd more. * 1890, Oscar Wilde, _The Picture of Dorian Gray_, Chapter 3 There was something about him, Harry, that amused me. He was such a monster. You will LAUGH at me, I know, but I really went in and paid a whole guinea for the stage-box. To the present day I can't make out why I did so; and yet if I hadn't! – my dear Harry, if I hadn't, I would have missed the greatest romance of my life. I see you are laughing. It is horrid of you!" * 1967, The Beatles, _Penny Lane_ On the corner is a banker with a motorcar / The little children LAUGH at him behind his back * (transitive) To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule. * 1611, William Shakespeare, _The Tempest_, act II, scene i: Will you LAUGH me asleep, for I am very heavy? * 1611, William Shakespeare, _The Tempest_, act II, scene ii: I shall LAUGH myself to death. * (transitive) To express by, or utter with, laughter. * 1602, William Shakespeare, _Troilus and Cressida_, act I, scene iii: From his deep chest LAUGHS out a loud applause. * 1866, Louisa May Alcott, _Behind A Mask_ or, _A Woman's Power_; Chapter 8 Fairfax addressed her as "my lady," she LAUGHED her musical laugh, and glanced up at a picture of Gerald with eyes full of exultation. * 1906, Jack London, _Moon-Face_ "You refuse to take me seriously," Lute said, when she had LAUGHED her appreciation. "How can I take that Planchette rigmarole seriously?" USAGE NOTES The simple past tense forms LAUGHT, LAUGH'D and LOW and the past participles LAUGHT, LAUGH'D and LAUGHEN also exist, but are obsolete. SYNONYMS * (show mirth by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face): cackle, chortle, chuckle, giggle, guffaw, snicker, snigger, titter * See also Wikisaurus:laugh ANTONYMS * (show mirth by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face): cry, weep COORDINATE TERMS * (show mirth by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face): cry DERIVED TERMS RELATED TERMS * laughster * laughter TRANSLATIONS Note: the following were in

laugh (third-person singular simple present laughs, present participle laughing, simple past and past participle laughed)

  1. (intransitive) To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete, figuratively) To be or appear cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport.
  3. (intransitive, followed by "at") To make an object of laughter or ridicule; to make fun of; to deride; to mock.
  4. (transitive) To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule.
  5. (transitive) To express by, or utter with, laughter.

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The simple past tense forms laught, laugh'd and low and the past participles laught, laugh'd and laughen also exist, but are obsolete.

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* aphonogelia * comedy * gelotology * funny * ha ha * tee hee, tee hee hee

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - ANAGRAMS
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