LATCH – nouns
– CLICKET † the latch of a gate or door …c1325 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
latch – verbs
– CLICKET to latch or lock; to fasten the wooden latch of a door by inserting a peg above it, thus preventing it from being raised …1362
LATCHED – adjectives
– YCLYKETED † latched …1393
LATE – adjectives
– AFTERNOON late in performing any work, procrastinating; dilatory, slow …1750 Eng. dial.
– ALL BEHIND LIKE A CAT’S ARSE running late …Brit. sl.
– ALL BEHIND LIKE A DOG’S TAIL running late …Brit. sl.
– ASTERN (OF) THE LIGHTER tardy, late, behind, lagging behind …1891 Amer. sl.
– BACK late, backward, falling, behindhand …1821 Sc.
– BACKERLY backward; behindhand, late …1849 Eng. dial.
– BACK O’ BEHIND behindhand; tardy; late …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BACKWARD of the seasons, vegetation, etc.: behindhand, late …1884 Eng. dial.
– BEHINDEST late …1958 Amer. dial.
– BEHIND THE LIGHTER tardy, late, behind, laggardly …1891 Amer. dial.
– DEEP †* far advanced in time; late …1599
– IN BACK-HOUSE DYKE behindhand, late; in difficulties, in a dilemma …1889 Eng. dial.
– LAG last of all, behind; habitually late or behindhand …Bk1902 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– LATEFUL † late in season …1382
– LATESOME * late; backward; slow, sluggish; tiresome, tedious ..a1382 rare, chiefly Sc. & Eng. dial. usage
– LATEWARD † late, slow, backward; chiefly said of fruit and crops ripening, and seasons of the year …1538
– LATEWARDLY †* late, slow, backward; chiefly said of fruit and crops ripening, and seasons of the year …1573
– MEXICAN of time or events: late, slow, unreliable …1968
– PAST THE TIME OF DAY too late …1619 Eng. dial.
– TARDE †* late …1613
– TARDIVE characterized by lateness, or tending to appear late; of late appearance of development …1905
late – adverbs
– ALL OUT too late …Bk1898 Sc.
– BACK behindhand, late …1888 Eng. dial.
– BACKERLY backward, late …1892 Eng. dial.
– BEHINT late; too late; in arrears of work, payment, or fulfilment …Bk1911 Sc.
– LATELY † after or beyond the usual or proper time; behind time, at a late hour, late …1515
– LATESOME †* late …1843
– LATEWARD late, after the due time or season …1572
– TARDE † late …1557
late – nouns
– DARK THIRTY late at night …1984 US sl.
– UNGODLY HOUR, AN very late …L19
late – person
– LAG-LAST a slow, dilatory person; a loiterer; one who is habitually late or behindhand …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAG-TAIL a slow, dilatory person; a loiterer; one who is habitually late or behindhand …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LANTY one who is late; a slow-coach …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– PAIKE a tardy person …Bk1986 Eng. dial.
– TAIL-ENDER one who is at the tail-end; one who comes last; a term of contempt for one who is habitually late in everything he undertakes …1885
late – verbs
– ARRIVE IN AN ARM CHAIR to arrive late …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BE IN THE DOG-HOUSE to be locked out for the night upon arriving home late …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BELATE to make late, to detain beyond the usual time, to delay; to hinder …1642
– BE LIKE A COW’S TAIL vb. to be late …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BE LIKE A COW’S TAIL, ALWAYS BEHIND to be late …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BE LIKE A DONKEY’S TAIL to be late …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– BE LIKE A DONKEY’S TAIL, ALWAYS BEHIND to be late …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– COME A DAY AFTER THE FAIR to arrive or occur too late …1605
– COME BY THE LAME POST † to be behind time …1658
– HAVE THE KEY OF THE STREET to be locked out for the night upon arriving home late …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– KEEP BANKER’S HOURS to be tardy to work …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– KISS THE HARE’S FOOT † to be late for meals; to be late for anything …1613-16
– LATEN to become or grow late; to make late …1880
– ROCK UP to arrive late or unannounced …colloq.
– WAKE † to sit up late for pleasure or revelry; to turn night into day …a1300
late – phrases
– DAY AFTER THE FAIR, A too late …1548
LATELY – adverbs
– A-LATE lately …1679 Eng. dial.
– LASTLY † very lately, recently …1592
– LATEWARDLY † of late, lately; at a late date …1720
– LATEWARDS † lately, recently …1483
– LATE-WHILE(S) of late, recently …1839
– LATTERLY of late, lately; at the latter end of life or of some period …1734
LATENESS – nouns
– TARDITY * the fact of being late; lateness …1599
– TARDIVITY †* lateness of development or maturity …1725
LATER – adjectives/adverbs
– ALLIGATOR later …1950s Brit. rhyming sl.
– ELDER † pert. to a more advanced period of life; later …1593
– LATERMORE † later, last …1548
– OSCAR SLATER later …1985 Sc. rhyming sl.
– SITHEN † afterwards, later …a1000
– SITHENCE † afterwards, later …1377
– SITHRE † at a later time; subsequently …c1200
– SUINGLY † in order; hence, subsequently, afterwards, later …c1400
later – nouns
– FURTHER OF THE DAY † a later hour …1546
– LATTERNESS †* the condition of being later or subsequent …1674
LATHER – nouns
– NETTING soap and water mixed and then made into a lather, used for washing clothes …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SAIPIE-SAPPLES soap suds, lather …1888 Sc.
– SAIPY-SUDS soap suds, lather …1896 Sc.
– SAPPLES soap-suds, lather for washing …1820 Sc.
LATIN – adjectives
– LACK-LATIN ignorant of Latin; unlearned …1608
– LATIAN belonging to Latium; Latin …1598
– LATINED † versed in Latin …1591
– LATINISH †* of the nature of Latin …a1603
– TOGATED of words: Latinized; stately, majestic …1868
Latin – adverbs
– LATINLY † in Latin; in good or pure Latin …1388
Latin – nouns
– DOG-LATIN a debased form of Latin …1661
– LATINISM an idiom or form of expression characteristic of the Latin language, esp. one used by a writer in another language …1570
– LATINITY the manner of speaking or writing Latin; Latin …1619
– LATIN MAKING † Latin composition …a1568
– LATIN-WIT † wit that depends for its quality on being expressed in Latin …1670
– LEDEN † Latin …c897 obs.
Latin – person
– LACK-LATIN † one who knows little or no Latin …1649
– LATIN † one who spoke or wrote the Latin language; a Latin writer or author …1398
– LATINER a Latin scholar; one who speak Latin … 1691
– LATINIST one who is versed in the Latin language; a Latin scholar; occasionally, a writer of Latin …1538
– LATINITASTER * a petty Latinist …1836
– LATIN-MAKER † a writer of Latin; a Latinist …a1400
Latin – verbs
– LATIN IT † to speak or write Latin …1581
LATIN AMERICA – adjectives
– SPIG (derogatory) pert. to Central or South America …1910s US sl.
Latin America – person
– GREASE-BALL (derogatory) a Latin American …1943 US sl.
– GREASER (derogatory) a Latin American …1836 US sl.
– SPIC, SPICK, SPIK (derogatory or offensive) a Latin American; the Spanish-American language …1913 US sl.
– SPIG (derogatory or offensive) a Latin American; a Spanish-speaking native of Central or South America …1900s US sl.
– SPIGGITY, SPIGGOTY, SPIGOTTI, SPIGOTY (derogatory or offensive) a Latin American; a Spanish-speaking native of Central or South America …1900s US sl.
– TACO BELLE a Latin American woman …1980s sl.
LATRINE – see lavatory
LATTER – nouns
– LAG-END * the hinder or latter part …1596
LAUD – person
– ADVANCER † one who extols or lauds; an extoller, a supporter …a1546
laud – verbs
– BOOST to boast, to laud …1906 Amer. dial.
– KUDIZE to praise, to laud, to glorify …1873
– KUDOS to praise, to laud, to glorify …1799
– RAISE * to extol, to laud …c1631
LAUDABLE – nouns
– LAUDABLES laudable qualities; good points …1715
LAUDATION – nouns
– EXTOLLATION †* the act of extolling; laudation, praise …1661
– PANEGYRIC elaborate praise; eulogy; laudation …1613
LAUDATORY – adjectives
– EPENETIC † giving praise to; laudatory; eulogistic …1843
– PANEGYRIC of the nature of a eulogy; publicly or elaborately expressing praise or commendation; eulogistic, laudatory …a1631
– PANEGYRICAL of the nature of a eulogy; publicly or elaborately expressing praise or commendation; eulogistic, laudatory …1592-3
– PLAUDITORY applauding, commending, laudatory, praising, extolling …a1845
laudatory – nouns
– PANEGYRIC a public speech or writing in praise of some person, thing, or achievement; a laudatory discourse, a formal or elaborate encomium or eulogy …1603
– PANEGYRIS † a public speech or writing in praise of some person, thing, or achievement; a laudatory discourse, a formal or elaborate encomium or eulogy …1646
LAUDING – nouns
– ADVANCEMENT † extolment, lauding; vaunting …1330
LAUGH, LAUGHING, LAUGHTER – adjectives
– ABDERIAN given to incessant or continued laughter; inclined to foolish or excessive merriment; foolish, silly …18C
– AGELASTIC † never laughing; morose, gloomy …1731
– CACHINNATORY connected with loud or immoderate laughter …1828
– FRACTURED demolished by laughter …Bk2006 US sl.
– GAGGLING laughing affectedly, giggling …1892 Sc.
– GALDERING noisy, loud-talking, laughing loudly …1897 Sc.
– GAWFIN laughing loudly …1846 Sc.
– GELASTIC * causing or related to laughter, risible …a1704- IN FITS laughing …1856 sl.
– IN STITCHES laughing uproariously …1935 sl.
– LAUGHFUL full of laughing; mirthful …1825
– LAUGHSOME of persons: addicted to laughing, mirthful …1620
– LAUGHY * inclined to laugh …1837
– MISOGELASTIC hating laughter …1898 nonce-word
– ON THE LAUGH laughing …1848
– RIANT smiling, laughing, mirthful, cheerful, gay …1567
– RIDENT * radiantly cheerful; laughing, smiling, grinning …1609
– RIDIBUND inclined to laughter; happy, lively …1909
– RIDIBUNDAL † inclined to laughter …1652
– RISORIAL * inclined or given to laughter; producing laughter …1855
– ROLLING IN THE AISLES laughing; orig. applied to an audience’s uncontrollable laughter …1940 sl.
– TITTERING giggling, laughing with suppressed mirth …1748
laugh, laughing, laughter – adverbs
– GAFFAWINGLY in a manner causing hearty laughter …1822 Sc.
laugh, laughing, laughter – nouns
– BELLY-LAUGH a deep reverberant laugh …1921
– BELLY-SHAKING LAUGH a deep, sonorous laugh …1920s sl.
– BOFF a laugh …Bk1942 US sl.
– BOFFO a laugh …1992 US sl.
– CACHINNATION loud or immoderate laughter …1623
– CACK a laugh …1990s Aust. sl.
– CAHEEING loud laughter …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– GAFF a loud, boisterous laugh; a guffaw …1500-20 Sc.
– GAFFA a loud laugh, a guffaw …1685 Sc.
– GAFFAW a loud laugh, a guffaw …1685 Sc.
– GAFTER a loud laugh …1880 Sc.
– GALAFER a prattling sound; a loud noise; a burst of laughter …1898 Eng. dial.
– GALDER a noisy vulgar laugh; a loud yell; noisy, foolish talk, chatter …1836 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– GALLAFER a prattling sound; a loud noise; a burst of laughter …1898 Eng. dial.
– GAUSTER hearty, loud laughter …1703 Eng. dial.
– GAWF a loud noisy laugh …1500-20 Sc.
– GELOTOMETER a gauge for measuring laughter …1828 nonce word
– HA-BA a roar of laughter; a shout; a blatant cry …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HA-HA a laugh of ridicule or derision …L19 sl.
– HAH-HAH a laugh of ridicule or derision …L19 US sl.
– HAR-DE-HAR-HAR used as a vocalisation mocking laughter …1957 US sl.
– HAW-HAW a loud or boisterous laugh; a guffaw …1834
– HEART-SHOT a burst of laughter; a hearty fit …1892 Sc.
– HEE-HAW a loud, coarse laugh …M19 sl.
– HYSTERICALS a bout of overwhelming, uncontrollable emotion or agitation, esp. as a result of acute distress; now usually: uncontrollable laughter …1797
– HYSTERICS uncontrollable laughter; a bout of uncontrollable laughter …a1904
– JAZZ a cause for laughter …1960 Amer. sl.
– KECKLE a short, spasmodic laugh; a chuckle; a cackling, chattering …1820 Sc.
– KECKLING noisy laughter; giddy conduct …1819 Sc.
– KEECHLE, KEEGLE a short laugh …1919 Sc.
– KIFF-KAFF a modest, suppressed laugh …2003 Trinidad and Tobago usage
– LAFF a laugh …1962 UK sl.
– LAUGHING-PEAL † a peal of laughter …1593
– NEIGHER a loud laugh …1830 Sc.
– NICKER a snigger; a soft suppressed laugh …1808 Sc.
– RASP a harsh laugh …1894 Eng. dial.
– RIDICULOSITY * ridiculousness; a ridiculous matter; anything that arouses laughter; a jest or joke …1725 rare or arch.
– SMIRKLE a smile; a smirk; a suppressed laugh …1825 Sc.
– SNIRTLE a suppressed laugh; a sneer …1834 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SQUIRK a half-suppressed laugh; a sniggering …1882
– TICKLE BOX an imaginary organ of the body that causes uncontrollable laughter when turned over, tilted, or otherwise affected …1905 Amer. dial.
– TIFF * a short outburst of laughter, etc. …1858
– TITTER a stifled laugh, a giggle …1728
– TITTERATION tittering, giggling …1754
– TURKISH (BATH) a laugh …1990s rhyming sl.
– VEIN † a fit of laughter …1734
– WERRICK a half-smothered laugh; a chuckle …B1900 Eng. dial.
– YACK a joke; a laugh …1951 US sl.
– YAK a laugh; a joke …1951 US sl.
– YAW-HAW a loud or rude laugh …1922
– YOCK a laugh …1938 theatrical sl., chiefly US
– YOK a laugh …1938 theatrical sl., chiefly US
– YUCK a laugh …1971 sl., chiefly US
– YUK a laugh …1971 sl., chiefly US
laugh, laughing, laughter – person (also see GIGGLE)
– AGELAST one who never laughs …1877
– AGELASTIC † one who never laughs; one who is perpetually sad …1626
– CACHINNATOR a loud or immoderate laugher …a1800
– GAFFAER a loud laugher …1862 Sc.
– GAFFAWER one who laughs loudly …1841 Sc.
– GAWPIE a fool or simpleton, a stupid or silly person; one who gapes rudely; one who laughs without reason …1825 Sc.
– GELDER a person given to loud foolish laughter …1950 Sc.
– GER-LAUGHTERS † persons who laughed extravagantly and noisily …Bk1847
– GIGGLE † a giggling, laughing, romping girl …1611
– GIGGLER one who giggles; one who bursts into laughter at the least trifle; one very much inclined to laughter …1633
– GIGGLET a laughing romp, a tomboy …Bk1891 Eng. dial.
– GIGGLING GERTY a woman given to giggling, or behaving in a silly, giggling manner …Bk1988 Aust. sl.
– GIGGLING-JENNY a child always laughing …Bk1886 Eng. dial.
– GIGLET a giddy, laughing, romping girl; a merry, light-hearted, playful girl …a1340
– GIGLO a merry, light-hearted, laughing, romping girl; a giddy, silly, thoughtless girl …a1340
– GIGLOT a merry, light-hearted, laughing, romping girl; a giddy, flighty, silly, thoughtless girl …a1340
– GRIZZLEDEMUNDY a term of abuse applied to a person who laughs at any trifling thing; a grinning fool; a stupid oaf …1818 Eng. dial.
– HARLOT † an itinerant jester, buffoon, or juggler; one who tells or does something to raise a laugh …a1340
– TITTERER one who laughs restrainedly; a giggler …1828
laugh, laughing, laughter – verbs
– BAG UP to laugh very hard at something …1980s UK & US Black sl.
– BREAK SOMEONE UP to cause to laugh …1895 sl., orig. US theatrical sl., chiefly US
– BURST A GUT to hurt oneself by laughing too hard; to laugh very hard …1965 Amer. dial.
– BURST A HAME STRING to laugh very hard …1967 Amer. dial.
– BURST ONE’S BUTTONS to strain one’s clothing by laughing too hard; to laugh very hard …1950 Amer. dial.
– BUST A GUSSET to break out laughing; to laugh very hard …1950 Amer. dial.
– BUST A GUT to hurt oneself by laughing too hard; to laugh very hard …1950 Amer. dial.
– BUST A HAME STRING to laugh very hard …1967 Amer. dial.
– BUST A TRACE to laugh very hard …1969 Amer. dial.
– BUST A TUG to laugh very hard …1969 Amer. dial.
– BUST ONE’S BUTTONS to strain one’s clothing by laughing too hard; to laugh very hard …1921 Amer. dial.
– CACHINNATE to laugh loudly or immoderately …1824
– CACK to joke, to have a laugh, to laugh …1990s Aust. & US sl.
– CACKLE to burst out laughing …1931 Amer. sl.
– CACK ONESELF (LAUGHING) to laugh uncontrollably … 1987 Aust. sl.
– CACK YOURSELF to laugh uncontrollably …1987 Aust. sl.
– CRACK UP to be highly amused; to laugh uncontrollably …1942 sl., orig US
– CRACK SOMEONE UP to cause to laugh …1966 sl., orig. & chiefly US
– CREASE to laugh uncontrollably; to collapse with laughter …1977 sl.
– CREASE UP to laugh uncontrollably; to collapse with laughter …1977 sl.
– EXPLODE to suddenly burst forth in laughter …1950 Amer. dial.
– FALL ABOUT to collapse in laughter; to laugh immoderately …1967 sl., orig. US
– FALL OUT to burst out laughing; to be tickled by something funny …1946 Amer. dial.
– FALL OUT LAUGHING to break up with mirth …1959 Amer. sl.
– FIND A HAW-HAW’S NEST WITH A TEE-HEE’S EGG IN IT to giggle and laugh immoderately or inappropriately …1842 Amer. dial.
– FIND A TEE-HEE’S NEST FULL OF HA-HA EGGS to giggle and laugh immoderately or inappropriately …1917 Amer. dial.
– FIND A TEE-HEE’S NEST WITH A HA-HA’S EGG IN IT to giggle and laugh immoderately or inappropriately …1917 Amer. dial.
– FIND A TEHEE’S EGG IN A HAHA’S NEST to giggle and laugh immoderately or inappropriately …1917 Amer. dial.
– FRACTURE to cause to laugh convulsively or with great amusement …1946 sl., orig. theatrical
– GAFF to laugh loudly and immoderately, to guffaw …1719 Sc.
– GAFFA to laugh noisily or boisterously; to guffaw …1800 Sc.
– GAFFAW † to laugh heartily or boisterously, to guffaw …1721 Sc.
– GAGGLE to laugh immoderately; to cackle …1885 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– GALDER to laugh in a noisy, vulgar manner; to talk or sing boisterously; to speak in a loud, foolish manner; to bawl …1866 Sc.
– GAMF † to be foolishly merry; to laugh loudly …1825 Sc.
– GAMP to be foolishly merry, to laugh loudly; to mock, to mimic …1825 Sc.
– GAMPH † to be foolishly merry; to laugh loudly …1825 Sc.
– GAUMP to be foolishly merry, to laugh loudly; to mock, to mimic …Bk1900 Sc.
– GAUSTER to behave in a noisy, boisterous, or swaggering fashion; to frolic and romp; to brag or boast; also, to laugh noisily …1674 Eng. dial.
– GAWF to laugh noisily …1719 Sc.
– GET THE BOFF to provoke laughter, to receive a good audience response …Bk1942 US sl.
– GIVE SOMEONE THE HA-HA to laugh at, to ridicule and take advantage of …L19 US sl.
– GOFFEN to laugh like an idiot …1889 Eng. dial.
– GO OFF ONE’S FACE to collapse with laughter …1960s sl.
– GOWSTER to behave in a noisy, boisterous, or swaggering fashion; to frolic and romp; to brag or boast; also, to laugh noisily …1674 Eng. dial.
– GOYSTER to behave in a noisy, boisterous, or swaggering fashion; to frolic and romp; to brag or boast; also, to laugh noisily …1674 Eng. dial.
– HAVE SOMEONE IN STITCHES to make them laugh uproariously …1935 sl.
– HAW-HAW to laugh loudly or boisterously …1834
– KECK to cackle, to laugh …Bk1901 Eng. dial.
– KECKLE of a person: to chuckle, to laugh, to giggle …1513
– KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE to restrain oneself from laughing …L19 sl.
– KENCH †* to laugh loudly …a1225
– KICKLE to laugh in a high-pitched or silly manner; to giggle; to chuckle …1782 Sc.
– KILL to cause someone to laugh uproariously …1856 UK sl.
– KILL ONESELF to laugh …1956 sl.
– LAFF to laugh …1997 UK sl.
– LAITCH to be gay; to laugh, to titter …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAUGH ALL OVER ONESELF to laugh unrestrainedly …c1960 Amer. dial.
– LAUGH IN ONE’S SLEEVE to laugh to oneself; to nurse inward feelings of amusement …1560
– LAUGH LIKE A BROKEN HINGE to laugh uproariously …1940s sl.
– LAUGH LIKE A CHIEF STOKER to laugh a raucous belly laugh …20C Royal Navy sl.
– LAUGH LIKE A DRAIN to chuckle or laugh heartily; to guffaw …1948 UK sl.
– LAUGH ONE’S ASS OFF to laugh uproariously …1970s sl.
– LAUGH YOUR BOLLOCKS OFF to laugh uproariously …2001 UK sl.
– LAUGH YOUR NUTS OFF to laugh uproariously …2000 UK sl.
– LAUGH YOUR TITS OFF to laugh a great deal …1996 UK sl.
– LAY THEM IN THE AISLES to get a wildly enthusiastic reaction, esp. uncontrollable laughter, on the part of an audience …1928
– MUCKCOOK to laugh behind one’s back …c1880 Brit. sl.
– NEESTER to snigger, to laugh in a suppressed fashion …1887 Sc.
– NEIGHER to laugh loudly …1826 Sc.
– NICKER to laugh with a snickering sound, generally in a ridiculous manner; to snigger …1808 Sc.
– PEE ONESELF LAUGHING to laugh very heartily and/or long …c1910 sl.
– PISS ONESELF to laugh so much that one urinates involuntarily …1951 sl.
– PLOTZ to laugh very hard; to split one’s seams, to die from laughter, etc. …1967 Amer. dial.
– REIR to laugh …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– RUTTLE to laugh in a suppressed way …B1900 Eng. dial.
– SLAY to overwhelm someone with delight, often convulsing them with laughter; to cause to laugh convulsively …1927 sl.
– SMIRKLE to smirk or smile; to giggle; to laugh in a suppressed manner …c1590 Sc.
– SNIRTLE to laugh in a quiet, suppressed, or restrained manner; to snigger; to sneer …1785 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– SPLIT A GUSSET to break out laughing; to laugh very hard …1950 Amer. dial.
– SPLIT A GUT to hurt oneself by laughing too hard; to laugh hard …1936 Amer. sl.
– SPLIT ONE’S SIDES to laugh heartily …1704
– SPORTIFY to make people laugh, to amuse …1950s W. Indies
– SQUINNY to laugh broadly; to smile or wink …B1900 Amer.
– TAKE ONE’S END to be convulsed with laughter …20C Irish sl.
– TICHER to laugh in a suppressed way; to titter …Bk1905 Sc.
– TITTER to laugh in a suppressed or covert way; to giggle …a1619
– UDGE to shake convulsively with laughter, etc. …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– URGE to shake convulsively with laughter, etc. …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– WERRICK to give a half-smothered laugh; to chuckle …1892 Eng. dial.
– WET ONESELF to laugh so much that one urinates involuntarily …1970 sl.
– YACK to laugh …1950s sl.
– YAK to laugh …1950s sl.
– YAW-HAW to laugh rudely or noisily …1836
– YOCHA to laugh …1857 Eng. dial.
– YOCH-YAW to laugh …1857 Eng. dial.
– YOCK to laugh …1938 theatrical sl., chiefly US
– YOFFA to laugh …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– YOK to laugh …1938 theatrical sl., chiefly US
– YUCK to laugh …1974 sl., chiefly Amer.
– YUK to laugh …1974 sl., chiefly Amer.
laugh, laughing, laughter – phrases
– HAVE THEM BLEEDING IN THE AISLES suggests a wildly enthusiastic reaction on the part of an audience, esp. uncontrollable laughter …1927 colloq.
– HAVE THEM ROLLING IN THE AISLES suggests a wildly enthusiastic reaction on the part of an audience, esp. uncontrollable laughter …1922 colloq.
LAUGHABLE – adjectives
– LAUGH-AT-ABLE laughable; that may be laughed at …1844 nonce word
– LAUGHSOME. of things: provocative of laughter; laughable …1798
– LUDIBRIOUS † apt to be a subject of jest or mockery; ridiculous, laughable …1563
– PANTOGELASTIC all-laughable …1808
– PANTOGELASTICAL * all laughable; laughable throughout …1808
laughable – verbs
– ACT LIKE A TEE HEE’S NEST WITH A HAW HAW’S EGG IN IT to act laughably …1958 Amer. dial.
– LOOK LIKE A TEE-HEE’S NEST WITH A HA-HA’S EGG IN IT to be laughable …1970 Amer. dial.
LAUGH AT – verbs
– ARRIDE † to smile at, to laugh at, to scorn …1612
– MESS WITH to laugh at, to ridicule, to tease …1980s sl.
– IRRIDE † to laugh at, to deride …1637
LAUGHED AT – person
– LAUGHEE the person laughed at …1829 nonce word
LAUGHING AT – adjectives
– IRRISORY * having the character of deriding or mocking; addicted to laughing or sneering at others …1824
LAUGHINGSTOCK – person
– BAITING-STOCK † an object to be baited by everybody; a laughingstock …Bk1888
– BAUCHLE an untidy person; hence, a laughingstock …1914 Sc.
– BEHO a laughingstock …1808 Sc.
– BOHO a laughingstock …Bk1911 Sc.
– GAG a laughingstock …1840 US
– GAME † an object of ridicule; a laughingstock …1562
– GAME-STOCK a risible figure; a laughingstock …1943 W. Indies sl.
– JAPING-STICK † a laughingstock; a butt for jokes …c1380
– JESTING-STOCK † an object of jest or ridicule; a laughingstock …1535
– LAUGH * a laughingstock …1817
– LAUGHING-GAME † a laughingstock …1564
– LAUGHING-POST † a laughingstock …1810
– LAUGHING-STAKE † a laughingstock …a1625
– MAKE-GAME one who or that which furnishes matter for amusement; hence a laughingstock, butt …1762
– MAKE-MIRTH † a make-sport; one who or something which provides sport for others; hence, a laughingstock …1656
– MAKE-PLAY a make-sport; one who or something which provides sport for others; hence, a laughingstock …1592
– MAKE-SPORT † one who or something which provides sport for others; hence, a laughingstock …1611
– MOCKERY a person who deserves contempt or ridicule; an object of derision; a laughingstock …a1500
– MOCKING-STOCK † a butt for merriment; a laughingstock …1526
– MOCK-SPORT an object of derision; a laughingstock …1980 Barbados
– MONIMENT a ridiculous or objectionable person; a laughingstock, a fool, a rogue …1866 Sc.
– MONUMENT a ridiculous or objectionable person; a laughingstock, a fool, a rogue …1866 Sc.
– OBJECT formerly sometimes, an object of pity or relief; an afflicted person; a sufferer’ a deformed or diseased person; an imbecile; a miserable creature; a person of a pitiable or ridiculous aspect; a gazing-stock; a laughingstock ..1605
– TABLE-SPORT a butt or laughingstock of the company …1598
– TOM FOOL a buffoon; also, a butt, a laughingstock …1650
– ZANY † one who resembles, or acts like a merry-andrew or buffoon; one who plays the fool for the amusement, or so as to be the laughingstock, of others; a ridiculous person …1606 rare or obs.
LAUGHTER – see LAUGH
LAUNCH – verbs
– LANCE † to launch a boat …c1515
LAUNDRY – adjectives (also see WASH)
– BLACKLIE ill-coloured; dirty; badly washed …Bk1911 Sc.
laundry – nouns
– BACHELOR’S WIFE a metal plunger with a long wooden handle used for washing clothes in a tub …1950s US sl.
– BATTLE a ‘beetle’ for battling clothes …1915 Amer. dial.
– BATTLING BLOCK a bench-like wooden stand with a flat surface on which clothes are beaten in washing …1845 Amer. dial.
– BATTLING STICK a paddle-shaped piece of wood used to beat dirt out of soiled clothes after removing them from boiling water …1851 Amer. dial.
– BEATING STICK a stick used to beat clothes while washing them …1952 Amer. dial.
– BEETLING BLOCK a block of wood on which to beat clothes while washing …1966 Amer. dial.
– BETELING BLOCK a block of wood on which to beat clothes while washing …1966 Amer. dial.
– BLOTS water for washing clothes; soapsuds, dirty water …Bk1911 Sc.
– BLOUT foul water thrown from washing-tubs …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOYEN a washing-tub …Bk1911 Sc.
– BUTTON-CHOPPER the laundry …1941 US Army sl.
– GRUNGIES dirty laundry …1987 US campus sl.
– LABBERMENT a splashing; a washing of linen on a small scale …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– LAG a wash of clothes …c1560 cant
– LAG-A-DUDS † a wash of clothes …17C cant
– LAGE a wash of clothes …c1560 cant
– LAG OF DUDS † a ‘buck’ or ‘wash’ of clothes …1622 cant
– LAVATORY a laundry …1661
– LAVENDRY † an establishment where linen, etc. is washed and ‘got up’ …1393
– NETTING 1. stale urine, esp. as used for washing with …c1375 Eng. dial.
2. soap and water mixed and then made into a lather, used for washing clothes …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SAPPLES soap-suds, lather for washing …1820 Sc.
– SNOW underwear; linen hanging on washlines drying …E19 tramps’ sl.
– TROUBLING STICK a paddle-shaped piece of wood used to beat dirt out of soiled clothes after removing them from boiling water …1851 Amer. dial.
laundry – nouns, place
– WASHATERIA 1. a self-service laundry …1940 Amer. dial.
2. a community building housing laundry and bathing facilities and serving as a source of treated drinking water …1982 Alaska usage
laundry – person
– BUTTON CHOPPER a laundry worker …World War II Amer. sl.
– DABBLE-DACHIE one who splashes a great deal when doing a washing …1900 Sc.
– DOBIE a washerwoman; a man who performs the functions of a washerwoman …Bk1892 Anglo-Indian sl.
– LAUNDER † a person of either sex who washes linen …a1350
– LAVENDER † a washerwoman; a laundress; formerly, also (rarely) a man who washes clothes …a1310.
– LAVENDRY † a laundress …a1483
laundry – verbs
– BATTLE to clean soiled clothes by beating them with a paddle (or ‘battle’] after removing them from boiling water …1883 Amer. dial.
– BOIL OUT to wash one’s clothes …1968 US logging sl.
– BOIL UP to wash one’s clothes or oneself …1919 Amer. dial.
– DAB OUT to do the laundry; to wash …c1860 lower classes’ usage
– HAISER to dry clothes in the open air …Bk1905 Sc.
– HAIZER of newly-washed clothes, etc.: to dry, esp. partially or on the surface; to air in the open, to bleach …1880 Sc.
– HARDEN to dry or air clothes, etc., by holding them to the fire, or by hanging them out in the open air …1876 Eng. dial.
– HAZERD to dry clothes in the open air …Bk1905 Ireland
– LAY A BUCK † to put clothes in soak for washing …1573
– NET † to clean, to wash, to rinse out clothes …1634 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– POSS to agitate clothes in soapy water to clean them …1898 Amer. dial.
– SAPPLE to soak, to saturate with water, rain, etc.; to steep clothes in soapy water …1836 Sc.
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