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definition of the word laughter

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Old English hleahtor, from Proto-Germanic *hlahtroz. Cognate with German Gelächter, Icelandic hlátur, Danish latter.

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laughter (uncountable)

  1. A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs.
    • The act of laughter, which is a sweet contraction of the muscles of the face, and a pleasant agitation of the vocal organs, is not merely, or totally within the jurisdiction of ourselves. - Sir Thomas Browne
    • Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning with laughter - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. The sound produced by air so expelled.
  3. (slang) A decidedly one-sided sports contest, especially where the winning team is able to score at will.
    The final score of the football game was 70-0; what a laughter it was.

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