15 other words for ‘laugh’

We use the word ‘laugh’ commonly in English, yet there are many other different words you can use instead to be more specific and make your writing more interesting.

Here are some synonyms for ‘laugh’ when used as a verb:

be in stitches (informal)The audience was in stitches when the clown came on.
chortleHe chortled quietly to himself.
chuckleJojo chuckled at the thought of her brother covered in mud.
crease up (informal)Mum creased up when she first saw Dad in his long shorts.
giggleAs usual, the twins were giggling at the back of the class.
guffaw The colonel guffawed loudly during the performance.
sniggerI sniggered when my brother fell.
titterShe tittered weakly at the joke.

Many of these synonyms can also be used when ‘laugh’ is used as a noun:

chuckleWe could hardly suppress our chuckles.
giggleMy sister has an infectious giggle.
guffawThe professor let out a guffaw at the student’s remark.
roar of laughterYou could hear the roar of laughter from outside the theatre.
shriek of laughterAs soon as he came in, there was a shriek of laughter from the kids.
sniggerKarim was having a quiet snigger at the back of the class.
titterThe girl gave a titter of embarrassment when she saw me.

Look at the Thesaurus entry for laugh to find other synonyms and examples.

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