LAUGH, v.i. l'aff. [Heb.]1. To make the noise and exhibit the features which are characteristic of mirth in the human species. Violent laughter is accompanied with a shaking of the sides, and all laughter expels breath from the lungs.2. In poetry, to be gay; to appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, lively or brilliant.Then laughs the childish year with flow'rets crown'd.And o'er the foaming bowl, the laughing wine.To laugh at, to ridicule; to treat with some degree of contempt.No fool to laugh at, which he valued more.To laugh to scorn, to deride; to treat with mockery, contempt and scorn. Neh. 2.
LAUGH, n. l'aff. An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species.But feigns a laugh, to see me search around, and by that laugh the willing fair is found.