laughter


laughter
noun
ADJECTIVE
hearty, helpless, hysterical, insane, loud, maniacal (esp. AmE), raucous, uncontrollable, uproarious, wild

I heard sounds of raucous laughter upstairs.

happy
infectious

Her infectious laughter had everyone smiling.

nervous
muffled, quiet, silent, soft, suppressed

She was bent over with suppressed laughter.

derisive, mocking
cruel, evil, sinister

Andrea burst into cruel laughter.

drunken

Gerry exploded into more drunken laughter.

canned

the canned laughter of a sitcom

… OF LAUGHTER
bark, hoot, howl, roar, shout, shriek, snort

He gave a sudden bellow of laughter.

fit

Everyone dissolved into fits of laughter when they saw my haircut.

bout (AmE), burst, chorus, gale, guffaw, peal, ripple, round, wave

His suggestion was greeted with peals of laughter.

A ripple of laughter ran around the room.

That comment brought another round of laughter.

VERB + LAUGHTER
burst into, dissolve into, explode with
bellow with, cackle with, hoot with, howl with, roar with, scream with, shriek with, snort with, squeal with
rock with, shake with
draw, elicit, provoke

Hunter's statement drew laughter from the crowd.

The joke provoked laughter from all of them.

choke back (esp. AmE), contain, control, hide, hold back, muffle, smother (esp. AmE), stifle, suppress

Will was no longer able to contain his laughter.


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  • Laughter — Laugh ter, n. [AS. hleahtor; akin to OHG. hlahtar, G. gel[ a]chter, Icel. hl[=a]tr, Dan. latter. See {Laugh}, v. i. ] A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laughter — [laf′tər, läf′tər] n. [ME < OE hleahtor (akin to Ger gelächter) < base of hleahhan, to LAUGH] 1. the action of laughing or the sound resulting 2. an indication of amusement [with laughter in her eyes] 3. Archaic a matter for or cause of… …   English World dictionary

  • laughter — late 14c., from O.E. hleahtor, from P.Gmc. *hlahtraz (Cf. O.N. hlatr, Dan. latter, O.H.G. lahtar, Ger. Gelächter); see LAUGH (Cf. laugh) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • laughter — ► NOUN ▪ the action or sound of laughing …   English terms dictionary

  • Laughter — For other uses, see Laughter (disambiguation). Laugh redirects here. For other uses, see Laugh (disambiguation). Snicker redirects here. For other uses, see Snickers (disambiguation). A man laughing Laughing is a reaction to certain stimuli,… …   Wikipedia

  • laughter — Synonyms and related words: Homeric laughter, amusement, belly laugh, boff, boffola, burst of laughter, cachinnation, cackle, chortle, chortling, chuckle, convulsion, crow, fit of laughter, frivolity, fun, gales of laughter, giggle, glee,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • laughter — n. 1) to cause, provoke laughter 2) contagious, infectious; convulsive; derisive; hearty, loud, raucous, uproarious; sardonic; subdued laughter 3) a burst, fit, gale; ripple of laughter 4) (misc.) to double up with laughter * * * [ lɑːftə]… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • laughter — laugh|ter [ˈla:ftə US ˈlæftər] n [U] [: Old English; Origin: hleahtor] when people laugh, or the sound of people laughing ▪ Foster joined in the laughter. ▪ He looked shocked, then burst into laughter (=started laughing) . roar/scream/shriek with …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • laughter — [[t]lɑ͟ːftə(r), læ̱f [/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) N UNCOUNT Laughter is the sound of people laughing, for example because they are amused or happy. Their laughter filled the corridor... He delivered the line perfectly, and everybody roared with laughter.… …   English dictionary

  • laughter — We laugh at things that are laughable, but also laugh exultantly at a success, or bitterly at a failure, or at the unexpected or even the typical. We may even laugh but not at anything with pure joy, or nervousness, or embarrassment, or merely… …   Philosophy dictionary


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