1. (sound) 
a. la risa (F) 
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) (loud) 
His laugh could be heard in the distance.Se oían sus carcajadas a lo lejos.
c. la risotada (F) (loud) 
I let out a laugh when my sister tripped and fell.Solté una risotada cuando mi hermana tropezó y cayó.
2. (colloquial) (fun and amusing) 
a. la risa (F) 
Come to the dinner; it will be a laugh.Ven a la cena, será una risa.
b. el plato (M) (Latin America) 
They told us that his performance would be a laugh.Nos dijeron que su actuación sería un plato.
intransitive verb
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.
transitive verb
4. (to make a joyful sound) 
a. reírse 
He laughed himself sick.Se rió a más no poder.
1. (general) 
a. la risa (F) 
2. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
to do something for a laughhacer algo para divertirse or por diversión
3. (ironic) 
a. no direct translation 
that's a laugh!¡no me hagas reír!
4. (colloquial) (United Kingdom) 
a. no direct translation 
he's a good laughes muy divertido
to have the last laughser el último en reír
intransitive verb
5. (general) 
a. reírse 
6. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
don't make me laugh!¡no me hagas reír!
he'll be laughing on the other side of his face when…se llevará un buen chasco cuando…
7. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
to laugh all the way to the bankhacer el agosto
8. (prov) 
a. no direct translation 
bestel que ríe el último ríe mejor
transitive verb
9. (general) 
a. no direct translation 
you'll be laughed out of courtse te reirán en la cara
10. (colloquial) 
a. no direct translation 
to laugh one's head off, to laugh oneself sillypartirse or
laugh [lɑːf]
1 risa (f); (loud) carcajada (f); risotada (f)
his laugh turned into a chortle her laugh was a little too loud, a little shrill he burst into that high-pitched laugh of his His laugh was without mirth Rollins laughed, but his laugh sounded hollow
he has a very distinctive laugh tiene una risa muy suya; if you want a laugh, read on si te quieres reír, sigue leyendo
if you want a laugh go to her German class!
she gave a little laugh soltó una risita
Matthew gave a short laugh He patted her on the head and gave a laugh Grace gave a short nervous laugh she gave a hysterical little laugh
to get a laugh hacer reír (a la gente)
He walked slowly off the stage, turning back at the door to get a laugh... his act didn't get a single laugh that joke always gets a laugh that joke got the biggest laugh of the evening His act would always get a huge laugh.
to have a (good) laugh about or over or at sth reírse (mucho) de algo
Debbie and I had a good laugh about it all it would be easy to have a laugh at Peter's expense You have to have a laugh and a joke at times like that he [likes] a (good) laugh to [manage] a laugh She manages a laugh, but her voice betrays bitterness to [play] sth for laughs to [suppress] [stifle] a laugh he suppressed a small laugh I stifled a small laugh a laugh a [minute] In 1990, the Conservatives took control of the council. Since then, it's been a laugh a minute
that sounds like a laugh a minute suena como para mondarse de risa (informal) (ironic)
to raise a laugh hacer reír (a la gente)
"I'm not jealous," he said with a laugh —no estoy celoso —dijo riéndose
"Hurry up," said Tony with a laugh... "if you insist," replied Miss Cartwright with a little laugh he shook his head with a rueful laugh "what, me?" she says with a hearty laugh
to have the last laugh ser el que ríe el último
we'll see who has the last laugh her acting was once the butt of many jokes but Fiona Fanshawe had the last laugh when she was nominated for an Oscar
2 (fun)
to be a laugh
he's a laugh es un tío gracioso or divertido (informal); es muy cachondo (informal); (Esp) you should come — it'll be a laugh deberías venir — será divertido
He's all right, he's a good laugh. Mickey was a good laugh and great to have in the dressing room.
life isn't a bundle of laughs just now mi vida ahora mismo no es precisamente muy divertida or muy alegre
life at school wasn't a bundle of laughs
to do sth for a laugh hacer algo por divertirse
I gave him the wrong address just for a laugh
he's always good for a laugh siempre te ríes or te diviertes con él
Some friends are good for sympathy, others are good for a laugh Tell you what - why don't you phone up Sting and make a funny uzzing noise? /That's usually good for a laugh/
3 (joke)
the laugh is on you te salió el tiro por la culata (informal)
that's a laugh!what a laugh! ¡no me hagas reír!
welfare reform! what a laugh! virtuous life! that's a laugh! ¿una vida virtuosa? ¡no me hagas reír! > ¿una vida virtuosa? ¡déjate de bromas! > She wants half the house in the divorce settlement. That's a laugh! What's she ever done to deserve half the house?
intransitive verb
reírse; reír
I tried not to laugh intenté no reír(me); I didn't know whether to laugh or cry no sabía si reír(me) o llorar
it was difficult not to laugh She stifled an insane impulse to laugh He had a wild impulse to laugh
you may laugh, but ... tú te ríes, pero ...
it's easy for you to laugh! "You may laugh," interrupted Jonathan coldly, continuing with his knitting, "but you wait until winter's here" His message was pure bathos. You did not know whether to laugh or cry when, in that light, airy-fairy whisper, he uttered the following profundities: Our children are the most beautiful, most sweet, most treasured of our creation. And yet, every minute, at least 28 die," he expounded I don't know whether to laugh or cry Pompey conceded two goals in the last minute, and Smith admitted: `I don't know whether to laugh or cry. We went three goals up away from home, ended up scoring five and we only got a share of the points'
once we get this contract signed we're laughing una vez que nos firmen este contrato, lo demás es coser y cantar
it's all right for him, he's laughing if you are lucky enough to be rich, you're laughing I think the old adage about needing two out of three things - money, talent and determination - to succeed still holds good. And if you have all three you're laughing With a good set of pans, you're laughing
to laugh about sth reírse de algo
we're still laughing about the time that ... todavía nos reímos de cuando ...
when he told us that.../ we couldn't help laughing about it he just laughed about it
there's nothing to laugh about no es cosa de risa or reírse; (LAm)
to laugh at sb/sth reírse de algn/algo
he never laughs at my jokes nunca se ríe de mis chistes
if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? learn to laugh at your mistakes
to burst out laughing echarse a reír
I thought I'd die laughing creí que me moría de (la) risa
to laugh in sb's face reírse de algn en su cara
to fall about laughing troncharse or desternillarse de risa
At this, the entire film crew fell about laughing
you have (got) to laugh hay que reírse
you [have] (got) [to] laugh (at their cheek) Things happen, people change. You have to laugh, don't you? You've got to laugh at their audacity
to laugh like a drain/hyena reírse como una hiena
When he did get the joke, he laughed like a drain They were laughing like hyenas
to make sb laugh hacer reír a algn
I want to make people laugh Something about Harry's solemnity made him laugh he makes me laugh
don't make me laugh no me hagas reír
"I was just trying to be polite." - "Polite? Don't make me laugh."
to laugh out loud reírse a carcajadas
Leonard wanted to laugh out loud
I laughed till I cried or till the tears ran down my cheeks me reí a más no poder; me tronché de (la) risa
to laugh [to] o.s.
I laughed to myself me reí para mis adentros
they'll be laughing all the way to the bank estarán contentísimos contando el dinero
the government has agreed to pay them goodness how many million for a temporary job - they must be laughing all the way to the bank to laugh on the other side of one's face
he'll soon be laughing on the other side of his face pronto se le quitarán las ganas de reír
I'll make you laugh on the other side of your face!
to laugh up one's sleeve reírse por detrás
laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone si ríes todo el mundo te acompaña, pero si lloras nadie quiere saber nada
you're putting on a very brave face - well, laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone You must try to sound more cheerful; laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone
he who laughs last laughs longest or best quien ríe el último ríe mejor
transitive verb
"don't be silly," he laughed —no seas bobo —dijo riéndose
"I admit," he laughed, "that any sane person wouldn't want to do it" he laughed a jolly [laugh] Eve laughed her throaty laugh
he laughed a nervous laugh se rió nervioso
to laugh sb to scorn mofarse de algn
to laugh o.s. silly reírse a más no poder
The audience laughed themselves silly an laughed herself silly at the thought of what I was going to have to endure to be laughed out of court we were laughed out of court we went to our bank and were laughed out of court for asking about an overdraft facility Although she had been elected president of the Genetics Society of America and was listed among the top 1,000 scientists in the United States, mcclintock found herself laughed out of court. `They called me crazy, absolutely mad at times," she recalled later
to laugh sth out of court
his idea was laughed out of court se rieron de su idea
in 1921 Stalin could not have introduced socialism in necountry. Not only would his idea have been laughed out of court, but actually the conditions materially did not exist for it
to laugh one's head off partirse or desternillarse or troncharse de risa
laugh lines (n) arrugas (f) producidas al reír
Laugh lines radiated from his guileless eyes She seemed to have become older, the laugh lines now deep cracks in a crumbling face
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