[ noun ] the sound of laughing



Used in print

(Brand Blanshard, "The Emotive Theory," Robert...)

`` I have heard stories '' , he writes , `` of the most terrible , the most unnatural actions , of the most monstrous murders , told with the most spontaneous , childishly merry laughter '' .

If goodness and badness lie_in attitudes only and hence are brought into being by them , those men who greeted death and misery with childishly merry laughter are taking the only sensible line .

(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)

Such was the impromptu that Voltaire gave to howls of laughter at Sans_Souci and that was soon circulated in manuscript throughout the literary circles of Europe , to be printed sometime later , but with the name of Timon_of_Athens , the famous misanthrope , substituted for that of Rousseau .

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

It went right on creaking under his own considerable weight , and all it needed , Harold thought , was for somebody to fling himself back in a fit of laughter and that would be the end of_it .

(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)

In the cruel clearness of her memory the boy remained unchanged , quick with the delight of laughter , and the pain with which she recalled that short destroyed childhood was still unendurable to her .

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13733
[ noun ] the act of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth of scorn


"he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd"

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