Quick answer
"Laugh" is a noun which is often translated as "la risa", and "laughter" is a noun which is also often translated as "la risa". Learn more about the difference between "laugh" and "laughter" 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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laughter(
lahf
-
tuhr
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (act of laughing)
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).
The witness says that she heard distant laughter.La testigo afirma que oyó una risa distante.
b. las risas
(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).
He thought that he was alone, but then heard laughter upstairs.Pensó que estaba solo, pero entonces escuchó risas en el piso de arriba.
c. las carcajadas
(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).
The comedian enjoyed the laughter of the audience.El cómico disfrutó de las carcajadas del público.
d. las risotadas
(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).
She exploded in laughter when she saw the price of the dress.Explotó en risotadas cuando vio el precio del vestido.
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