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laugh

Pronunciation: /læf; lɑːf/

Translation of laugh in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1.1 (act, sound) risa (feminine); (loud) carcajada (feminine), risotada (feminine) I recognized his laugh reconocí su risa she gave a nervous laugh se rió nerviosamente, soltó una risa nerviosa she has a horrible laugh tiene una manera horrible de reírse don't worry, she said with a little laugh —no te preocupes —dijo con una risita to have a laugh (about/at sth) reírse* (de algo) I could do with a good laugh [colloquial/familiar] no me vendría mal reírme un rato give us a laugh [colloquial/familiar] haznos reír the book is full of laughs el libro es muy divertido, te ríes muchísimo con el libro to raise a laugh hacer* reír those meetings are a laugh a minute [ironic] esas reuniones son divertidísimas [irónico] the laugh is on me/you/him me/te/le salió el tiro por la culata to have the last laugh I'll have the last laugh, you'll see ya verás tú, quien ríe (el) último ríe mejor (, y esa voy a ser yo)
    Example sentences
    • It was a real laugh, a ha-ha laugh, unlike the fit of hysterics he'd had earlier.
    • But his plan became clear as she started bursting out with guffaws and laughs and giggles when he tickled her.
    • He let out a loud, hearty laugh.
    1.2 (joke, fun) [colloquial/familiar] it will be a laugh será divertido, va a ser un plato (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar], va a ser un relajo (Mexico/México) she's a good laugh es muy divertida to do/say sth for a laugh hacer*/decir* algo por divertirse, hacer*/decir* algo de cachondeo (Spain/España) or (Mexico/México) de puro relajo [colloquial/familiar] she told you she was too busy? that's a laugh! ¿te dijo que tenía mucho que hacer? ¡no me hagas reír!
    Example sentences
    • The head doorman is a bit of joker and you can have a laugh with him but it's not advisable to upset him too much.
    • He loved to have a laugh, a bit of fun and to have a drink.
    • After dinner, people swap stories, play music, have a laugh.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • reír(se)* I couldn't stop laughing no podía parar de reír(me) she laughed out loud/to herself se rió a carcajadas/para sus adentros to burst out laughing soltar* una carcajada, echarse a reír, largar* la risa (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar] I laughed till I cried lloré de la risa, se me saltaron las lágrimas de tanto reírme I nearly died laughing casi me muero de (la) risa to make sb laugh hacer* reír a algn don't make me laugh! ¡no me hagas reír! you have to laugh (or else you'd cry) lo mejor es tomárselo a risa, porque si no … it's all very well for you to laugh (tú) ríete si quieres to laugh about sth reírse* de algo there's nothing to laugh about no sé de qué te ríes, no tiene ninguna gracia to laugh at sb/sth reírse* de algn/algo don't laugh at me no te rías de mí once you've got a work permit, you're laughing (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] una vez que tengas el permiso de trabajo, el resto es coser y cantar [colloquial/familiar], una vez que tengas el permiso de trabajo, estás del or al otro lado [colloquial/familiar] to laugh on the other side of one's face o (in American English also/en inglés norteamericano también) out of the other side of one's mouth [colloquial/familiar] she'll be laughing on the other side of her face when he finds out se le van a quitar las ganas de reírse cuando él se entere he who laughs last laughs best o (British English/inglés británico) longest quien ríe or el que ríe (el) último, ríe mejor

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • they were laughed off the stage se rieron tanto de ellos, que tuvieron que salir del escenario to laugh oneself sick o silly [colloquial/familiar] reírse* a más no poder or hasta decir basta [colloquial/familiar], desternillarse or morirse* de (la) risa [colloquial/familiar] you don't say!, he laughed —¡no me digas! —dijo riendo

Phrasal verbs

laugh off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
tomar a broma, reírse* de

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