Whether you giggle or chuckle or snort with amusement, what you're producing is laughter. Laughter is also what people hear when you laugh.

Funny movies, your friends' jokes, and absurd or embarrassing situations all cause laughter, which is the word for both the action and the sound of someone laughing. Laughter can be a silent, shaking movement, or a loud guffaw. There are a few other primates besides humans who experience laughter, and most babies can shake with laughter before they're even able to speak.

Definitions of laughter

n the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn

“he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd”
Type of:
any specific behavior

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
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

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