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"Laugh" is a noun which is often translated as "la risa", and "laughing" is a noun which is also often translated as "la risa". Learn more about the difference between "laugh" and "laughing" below.
laugh(
lahf
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sound)
a. la risa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I knew it was her because she has a very distinctive laugh.Sabía que era ella porque tiene una risa muy particular.
b. la carcajada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(loud)
His laugh could be heard in the distance.Se oían sus carcajadas a lo lejos.
c. la risotada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(loud)
I let out a laugh when my sister tripped and fell.Solté una risotada cuando mi hermana tropezó y cayó.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fun and amusing)
a. la risa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Come to the dinner; it will be a laugh.Ven a la cena, será una risa.
b. el plato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
They told us that his performance would be a laugh.Nos dijeron que su actuación sería un plato.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to make a joyful sound)
a. reírse
The movie was so funny that I couldn't stop laughing.La película era tan graciosa que no podía parar de reírme.
b. reír
His jokes always make me laugh.Sus chistes siempre me hacen reír.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to make a joyful sound)
a. reírse
He laughed himself sick.Se rió a más no poder.
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laughing(
lah
-
fihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (laughter)
a. la risa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There was a lot of laughing coming from the family room.Se oía mucha risa de la sala.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (happy)
a. alegre
He was a laughing baby, but now he's a very serious teenager.Era un bebé alegre, pero ahora es un adolescente muy serio.
b. risueño
Even at rest, her face had an appealing, laughing quality.Aun relajada, su cara tenía una cualidad atractiva y risueña.
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