laughter

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
  1. noun
    the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn
    “he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd”
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    type of:
    activity
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    the sound of laughing
    synonyms: laugh
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    cachinnation
    loud convulsive laughter
    cackle
    a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
    chortle, chuckle
    a soft partly suppressed laugh
    giggle
    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
    titter
    a nervous restrained laugh
    type of:
    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
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