Definition of laughingstock in English:



  • [in singular] A person subjected to general mockery or ridicule.

    • ‘The dream quickly turned into a nightmare as poor reliability on the track and fierce internal squabbling made the team a laughing stock.’
    • ‘Believe me, none of my friends are even remotely jealous of these women who have become laughing stocks and the subject of many jokes around town.’
    • ‘Our system is incredibly outdated - it makes us a laughing stock.’
    • ‘Anyone who had spent a bomb on a just-for-the-occasion dress would have been the laughing stock at the gathering.’
    • ‘‘It makes us look a laughing stock, and encourages deference to the crown,’ he said.’
    • ‘We are the laughing stock of Europe with our ridiculously high prices for everything and our stupid infantile government.’
    • ‘However, the referendum that they proposed was a laughing stock.’
    • ‘The singles charts really have become a laughing stock.’
    • ‘We knew we were in for a lashing from the press because to lose to the USA made us the laughing stocks of the game and really it was dismal.’
    • ‘We are the laughing stock of the whole footballing world.’
    • ‘They were looked down upon and became laughing stocks in Chinese history.’
    • ‘This country is going crazy with its political correctness and health and safety issues and it's making a laughing stock out of us.’
    • ‘Your antics have made us the laughing stock of the neighbourhood.’
    • ‘But how can we help them if they make laughing stocks of themselves?’
    • ‘Both are totally discredited laughing stocks that add to the variety of political life.’
    • ‘Countries once considered laughing stocks are now financial powerhouses and with that comes opportunities for investors.’
    • ‘She and her friends are always treated as ‘laughing stocks’ when they travel abroad.’
    • ‘People with hemorrhoids have been stereotyped by the comics or comedians to be laughing stocks.’
    • ‘Just 20 years ago, Spain's wines were the laughing stock of Europe.’
    • ‘Telling your friend that she can't sing now might save her from becoming the laughing stock on the college cultural meet.’
    figure of fun, object of ridicule, dupe, butt, fool, joke, standing joke, everybody's fool, stooge
    fair game, everybody's target, victim, aunt sally
    exhibition, spectacle
    fall guy
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