Definition of laugh noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɑːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//læf//
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  1. 1  [countable] the sound you make when you are amused or happy to give a laugh a short/nervous/hearty laugh His first joke got the biggest laugh of the night. see also belly laugh See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2a laugh [singular] (informal) an enjoyable and amusing occasion or thing that happens Come to the karaoke night—it should be a good laugh. And he didn't realize it was you? What a laugh!
  3. 3a laugh [singular] a person who is amusing and fun to be with Paula's a good laugh, isn't she?
  4. Word OriginOld English hlæhhan, hliehhan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German lachen, also to laughter.Extra examples A small laugh escaped her. Few of his jokes got a laugh. He laughed that warm, sexy laugh. He enjoys a good laugh. He gave a short, amused laugh. He left the room with a cynical laugh. I had a good laugh over that one. Nick responded with a genuine laugh. Oh yes, very funny—have your laugh at my expense! Paul’s always good for a laugh. Paula’s always good for a laugh= always amusing. She laughed a hollow laugh then fell silent. She dyed her hair green just for a laugh. She forced a bitter laugh. She got a laugh out of Jack. She seemed unsure of whether to play her role seriously or for laughs. She tried to suppress a laugh, but ended up giggling anyway. That earned a laugh from everyone. The last joke got the biggest laugh. The man laughed, a harsh, evil laugh. This movie is too intent upon getting cheap laughs. We all had a great laugh about it afterwards. We all had a great laugh about it when we got home. We all shared a good laugh. We’ll have the last laugh if she finds out that you’re the one who played the trick. to give a short/​harsh/​bitter/​nervous laughIdioms (informal, often ironic) very amusing; a lot of fun Life hasn't exactly been a barrel of laughs lately.
    do something for a laugh/for laughs
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    to do something for fun or as a joke I just did it for a laugh, but it got out of hand.
    to be successful when you were not expected to be, making your opponents look stupid
    have a (good) laugh (about something)
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    to find something amusing I was angry at the time but we had a good laugh about it afterwards. My family and friends all had a good laugh at my expense.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: laugh