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



BrE BrE//ˈlɑːftə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæftər//
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  • the act or sound of laughing to roar with laughter tears/gales/peals/shrieks of laughter to burst/dissolve into laughter a house full of laughter (= with a happy atmosphere) He gave a snort of derisive laughter.
  • Word OriginOld English hleahtor, of Germanic origin; related to German Gelächter, also to laugh.Extra examples A ripple of laughter ran round the room. Andrea burst into cruel laughter. Everyone dissolved into fits of laughter when they saw my haircut. Gerry exploded into more drunken laughter. He gave a sudden bellow of laughter. Her infectious laughter had everyone smiling. His suggestion was greeted with peals of laughter. Hunter’s statement drew laughter from the crowd. I heard sounds of raucous laughter upstairs. She was bent over with suppressed laughter. That comment brought another round of laughter. The joke provoked laughter from all of them. Will was no longer able to contain his laughter. the canned laughter of a sitcom Everyone burst into fits of laughter. He threw back his head and roared with laughter. I grew up in a house full of laughter.Idioms
    split your sides (laughing/with laughter)
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    to laugh a lot at somebody/something
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: laughter