cachinnate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin cachinō (laugh aloud), of onomatopoeic origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkækɪneɪt/
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Verb[edit]

cachinnate (third-person singular simple present cachinnates, present participle cachinnating, simple past and past participle cachinnated)

  1. (intransitive) To laugh loudly, immoderately, or too often.
    Synonym: guffaw
    The villain began to cachinnate and twirl his moustache.
    • 1928, H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu[1]:
      There is a sense of spectral whirling through liquid gulfs of infinity, of dizzying rides through reeling universes on a comet’s tail, and of hysterical plunges from the pit to the moon and from the moon back again to the pit, all livened by a cachinnating chorus of the distorted, hilarious elder gods and the green, bat-winged mocking imps of Tartarus.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

cachinnāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of cachinnō