• (British) IPA: /ˈlɑːftə/
  • (America) enPR: lăfʹtər, IPA: /ˈlæftɚ/

laughter (uncountable)

  1. The sound of laughing, produced by air so expelled; any similar sound.
    Their loud laughter betrayed their presence.
  2. A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the laughing face, particularly of the lips, and of the whole body, 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.
    • Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning with laughter.
  3. (archaic) A reason for merriment.
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