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laugh
British English: /lɑːf/
American English: /læf/

Translation of laugh in Italian:

noun

  • 1 (amused noise) he gave a scornful laugh she gave a loud laugh
    scoppiò a ridere fragorosamente
    with a laugh
    ridendo o con una risata
    she likes a good laugh
    le piace ridere o ride volentieri
    to get o raise a laugh
    fare ridere, suscitare una risata
    the sketch that got the biggest laugh
    la scenetta che ha fatto ridere di più
    if you want a laugh listen to him sing! read this, it'll give you a laugh
    leggi questo, se vuoi ridere
  • 2 (source of amusement) See examples:to do something for a laugh [informal]
    fare qualcosa per ridere o per scherzo
    just for a laugh o for laughs, they hid her keys [informal]
    tanto per fare uno scherzo, le nascosero le chiavi
    the film was a good laugh
    il film era davvero divertente
    their brother is a real laugh
    loro fratello è davvero (un tipo) divertente
    she's always good for a laugh [informal]
    con lei ci si diverte sempre
    let's go to the party, it will be a laugh [informal]
    andiamo alla festa, ci sarà da divertirsi
    they had a laugh rehearsing the scene
    si divertirono molto a provare la scena
    the script isn't exactly full of laughs what a laugh! [informal] [ironic]
    che ridere!

transitive verb

  • he laughed a sinister, triumphant laugh
    rise in modo sinistro, trionfante
    “of course not!” she laughed
    “no di certo!” disse ridendo

intransitive verb

  • 1 (be audibly amused)
    about, over di
    to make somebody laugh
    fare ridere qualcuno
    to laugh out loud
    scoppiare a ridere o ridere fragorosamente
    to laugh at somebody, something
    ridere di qualcuno, qualcosa
    you shouldn't laugh at your own jokes!
    non dovresti ridere per le barzellette che tu stesso racconti
    she never laughs at my jokes
    le mie barzellette non la fanno ridere
    the children laughed at the clown
    i bambini risero guardando il clown
    I laughed until the tears ran down my cheeks
    risi fino ad avere le lacrime agli occhi
    she soon had the audience laughing
    riuscì a fare ridere il pubblico in pochi istanti
    we're laughing with you not at you
    non stiamo ridendo per prenderti in giro
    he laughed nervously
    rise nervosamente
  • 2 (feel amused) to laugh to oneself
    ridere fra sé e sé o sotto i baffi
    don't make me laugh! [ironic]
    ma non farmi ridere!
    it makes me laugh when I hear him boasting! I don't know whether to laugh or cry!
    non so se ridere o piangere!
    to laugh at somebody, something
    prendere in giro qualcuno, burlarsi di qualcosa
    he's afraid of being laughed at
    teme di essere preso in giro
    to be able to laugh at oneself
    saper ridere di se stesso
    he doesn't have much to laugh at o about these days
    non ha proprio da stare allegro in questi giorni

Idioms

to have the last laugh over somebody

ridere per ultimo

she had the last laugh

fu lei che rise o a ridere per ultima

he who laughs last laughs longest

laugh and the world laughs with you

sorridi e il mondo ti sorriderà

you'll be laughing on the other side of your face

this news will make him laugh on the other side of his face

questa notizia gli farà passare la voglia di ridere

to be laughing all the way to the bank

fare soldi a palate

to laugh in somebody's face

ridere in faccia a qualcuno

to laugh oneself sick o silly

ridere a crepapelle o non poterne più dal ridere

Phrasal verbs

laugh off:

laugh [something] off, laugh off [something]
ridere sopra a
(mistake, defeat, speculation)
passare sopra a [qualcosa] con una risata
(criticism, insult, accusation)
she laughed the matter off
buttò la cosa sul ridere
they won't be able to laugh this one off!
questa volta, non se la caveranno ridendoci sopra!

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