laugh ( laughs plural & 3rd person present) ( laughing present participle) ( laughed past tense & past participle )
1 verb When you laugh, you make a sound with your throat while smiling and show that you are happy or amused. People also sometimes laugh when they feel nervous or are being unfriendly.
He was about to offer an explanation, but she was beginning to laugh... V
He laughed with pleasure when people said he looked like his dad... V with n
The British don't laugh at the same jokes as the French... V at n
`I'll be astonished if I win on Sunday,' laughed Lyle. V with quote
Laugh is also a noun., n-count
Lysenko gave a deep rumbling laugh at his own joke.
2 verb If people laugh at someone or something, they mock them or make jokes about them.
I thought they were laughing at me because I was ugly... V at n
3 If you do something for a laugh or for laughs, you do it as a joke or for fun.
for a laugh/for laughs phrase PHR with v
They were persuaded onstage for a laugh by their mates..., It's a project she's doing for laughs.
4 If a person or their comment gets a laugh or raises a laugh, they make the people listening to them laugh.
get a laugh/raise a laugh phrase V inflects
The joke got a big laugh, which encouraged me to continue.
5 If you describe a situation as a laugh, a good laugh, or a bit of a laugh, you think that it is fun and do not take it too seriously.
a good laugh/a bit of a laugh phrase v-link PHR
Working there's great. It's quite a good laugh actually...
6 If you describe someone as a laugh or a good laugh, you like them because they are amusing and fun to be with.
a good laugh phrase v-link PHR
Mickey was a good laugh and great to have in the dressing room.
7 If you say that you have the last laugh, you mean that you become successful at something so that people who criticize or oppose you look foolish.
have the last laugh phrase V inflects
Des O'Connor is expecting to have the last laugh on his critics by soaring to the top of the Christmas hit parade.
to laugh your head off
no laughing matter
matter laugh off phrasal verb If you laugh off a difficult or serious situation, you try to suggest that it is amusing and unimportant, for example by making a joke about it.
The couple laughed off rumours that their marriage was in trouble... V P n (not pron)
Whilst I used to laugh it off, I'm now getting irritated by it. V n P