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1‘he started to laugh excitedly’
chuckle, chortle, guffaw, giggle, titter, snigger, snicker, cackle, howl, roar, tee-hee, burst out laughing, hoot with laughter, roar with laughter, shake with laughter, be convulsed with laughter, dissolve into laughter, split one's sides, hold one's sides, be doubled up
informal be in stitches, die laughing, be rolling in the aisles, laugh like a drain, bust a gut, break up, be creased up, crease up, fall about, crack up
2‘people laughed at Henry and his theories’
ridicule, mock, deride, scoff at, jeer at, sneer at, jibe at, make fun of, poke fun at, make jokes about, heap scorn on, scorn, pooh-pooh
lampoon, satirize, caricature, parody
taunt, tease, torment
informal send up, take the mickey out of
NZ Australian informal poke mullock at
British vulgar slang take the piss out of
dated make sport of
1‘he gave a short laugh’
chuckle, chortle, guffaw, giggle, titter, ha-ha, tee-hee, snigger, roar of laughter, hoot of laughter, shriek of laughter, peal of laughter, belly laugh
2‘he was a right laugh’
joker, comedian, comic, comedienne, humorist, wag, wit, entertainer, clown, funny man, funny woman, jester, prankster, character
card, case, caution, hoot, scream, riot, barrel of laughs
NZ Australian hard case
3‘I entered the contest for a laugh’
joke, prank, piece of fun, jest, escapade, adventure, caper, romp, practical joke, trick, bit of mischief
lark, giggle, hoot
‘she laughed off criticism with good humour’
dismiss, make a joke of, make light of, refuse to acknowledge, overlook, turn a blind eye to, discount, ignore, disregard, shrug off, brush aside, scoff at, pooh-pooh, take no notice of, pay no attention to, play down, never mind
cock a snook at
take something to heart
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