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laugh

(laf) [ME. laughen, to laugh]
1. The sound produced by laughing. Synonym: risus
2. To express emotion, usually happiness or mirth, by a series of inarticulate sounds. Typically the mouth is open and a wide smile is present.

sardonic laugh

Risus sardonicus.
References in classic literature ?
hummed the prince out of tune and, with a laugh still more so, he quitted the table.
A woman wearing the same kind of clothes as people in other houses wear, told us to go up to the second floor, and she grinned at David, as if she had heard about him; so up we went, David muttering through his clenched teeth, "I sha'n't laugh," and as soon as we knocked a voice called out, "Here we are again!" at which a shudder passed through David as if he feared that he had set himself an impossible task.
ha!" he laughed. "The funniest tike, that youngster of mine!
Tom King laughed good naturedly and the shiv- ery, nervous laugh of Edward King rang through the house.
Alexandra now joined in, and it looked as though the three sisters were going to laugh on for ever.
At this the Sheriff looked grave and all the guild of butchers too, so that none laughed but Robin, only some winked slyly at each other.
"I dined with you last night," he laughed. "I should be in the way."
"Oh, oh, oh, how lovely!" breathed Pollyanna; then she laughed suddenly.
Of that I am very sure!"--and she laughed. "Do you know where he is going next year?
If that isn't funny enough to laugh at, I don't know what is."
All of which Will laughed at, accepted graciously, and did n't obey; but he liked it, and trudged away for another week's work, rested, cheered, and strengthened by that quiet, happy day with Polly, for he had been brought up to believe in home influences, and this brother and sister loved one another dearly, and were not ashamed to own it.
Was it not the word of him who said: "Woe unto them that laugh now!"