Definition of laughter in US English:



  • The action or sound of laughing.

    ‘he roared with laughter’
    • ‘They would go and tell each other spooky stories on the hills and the house was always full of laughter.’
    • ‘A moment of silence while we all sit open mouthed and then we burst into hysterical laughter.’
    • ‘In fact, the back was so far away from the stage, a time delay on the punchline created a wave of laughter.’
    • ‘Then came great laughter and stamping sounds, and all three of us were now bolt upright.’
    • ‘He heard feet clattering and laughter and a shout from someone who was not amused.’
    • ‘The sounds of laughter echoed in his head and the images of men laughing flashed across his eyes.’
    • ‘The other young man gave a peal of laughter, the sound of which made Ryan want to smile in reply.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, such laughter in the face of violence was considered subversive.’
    • ‘The women admit everything takes twice as long because of their uproarious laughter.’
    • ‘If we do, we just end up making fools of ourselves and the whole office collapses with laughter.’
    • ‘She shook her head, gave a snort of laughter and continued on with the head count.’
    • ‘The empty bathroom flung the words back at me, making them sound like hollow laughter.’
    • ‘Does it matter whether the place is a rundown tip as long as it echoes with love and laughter?’
    • ‘He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity.’
    • ‘The laughter was noticeably loud when he delivered a gentle swipe at newspapers.’
    • ‘Another part might have roared with laughter at people making fools of themselves.’
    • ‘Like a couple of children, we would put our hands in front of our faces and almost choke with laughter.’
    • ‘Will leant back and let out a huge bellow of laughter that made me laugh all the harder.’
    • ‘I am rewarded by her laughter which, as you can imagine, is an agreeable sound to male ears.’
    • ‘She described a time where she walked into Jackson's room to the sound of laughter.’
    laughing, chuckling, chortling, guffawing, giggling, tittering, sniggering, howling, convulsions, fits
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Old English hleahtor, of Germanic origin; related to German Gelächter, also to laugh.