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 Dictionary entry overview: What does laughter mean? 

  The noun LAUGHTER has 2 senses:

1. the sound of laughing
2. the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn

  Familiarity information: LAUGHTER used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1laughter [BACK TO TOP]


The sound of laughing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


laugh; laughter

Hypernyms ("laughter" is a kind of...):

utterance; vocalization (the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "laughter"):

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)

Sense 2laughter [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd

Hypernyms ("laughter" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

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