laughed; laughing; laughs

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
  1. verb
    produce laughter
    synonyms: express joy, express mirth
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    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
    type of:
    express emotion, express feelings
    give verbal or other expression to one's feelings
  2. noun
    the sound of laughing
    synonyms: laughter
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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
    type of:
    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  3. noun
    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
  4. noun
    a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
    “thanks for the laugh
    synonyms: 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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