To let out a chuckle or giggle is to laugh: people laugh when something is funny.

To chortle, cackle, guffaw, or titter is to laugh. The job of a comedian is to make people laugh. Often people laugh at things that aren't supposed to be funny, and people also laugh to be polite. If something is silly, you can say "That's a laugh!" If you had fun at a party, you can say "Thanks for the laughs." Everybody's laugh sounds a little different. It would be a shame if your laugh sounded like Elmer Fudd.

Definitions of laugh

v produce laughter

express joy, express mirth
cry, weep
shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
bring into a particular state by crying
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laugh loudly and harshly
laugh a deep, hearty laugh
howl, roar
laugh unrestrainedly and heartily
snicker, snigger
laugh quietly
giggle, titter
laugh nervously
break up, crack up
laugh unrestrainedly
emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
guffaw, laugh loudly
laugh boisterously
chortle, chuckle, laugh softly
laugh quietly or with restraint
be overcome with laughter
laugh loudly and in an unrestrained way
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express emotion, express feelings
give verbal or other expression to one's feelings

n the sound of laughing

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loud convulsive laughter
a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
chortle, chuckle
a soft partly suppressed laugh
a foolish or nervous laugh
belly laugh, guffaw
a burst of deep loud hearty laughter
ha-ha, haw-haw, hee-haw, horselaugh
a loud laugh that sounds like a horse neighing
snicker, snigger, snort
a disrespectful laugh
a nervous restrained laugh
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utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

n a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing

“his face wrinkled in a silent laugh of derision”
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facial expression, facial gesture
a gesture executed with the facial muscles

n a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

“thanks for the laugh
gag, jape, jest, joke
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belly laugh, howler, riot, scream, sidesplitter, thigh-slapper, wow
a joke that seems extremely funny
blue joke, blue story, dirty joke, dirty story
an indelicate joke
ethnic joke
a joke at the expense of some ethnic group
funny, funny remark, funny story, good story
an account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line)
a joke that is appreciated only by members of some particular group of people
a one-line joke
shaggy dog story
a long rambling joke whose humor derives from its pointlessness
sick joke
a joke in bad taste
sight gag, visual joke
a joke whose effect is achieved by visual means rather than by speech (as in a movie)
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humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

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