Synonyms of laugh in English:


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See Spanish definition of risa


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, bust a gut, break up, be creased up, crease up, crack up
British informal fall about, laugh like a drain


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
Australian, New Zealand 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
informal card, case, caution, hoot, scream, riot, barrel of laughs
Australian, New Zealand informal hard case

bore, misery

3‘I entered the contest for a laugh’

joke, prank, piece of fun, jest, escapade, adventure, caper, romp, practical joke, trick, bit of mischief
shenanigans, horseplay
informal lark, giggle, hoot


    laugh something off

    ‘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
    informal cock a snook at

    take something to heart