ha-ha

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See also: ha ha, há há, haha, hāhā, and нана

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Etymology 1[edit]

Imitative.

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Interjection[edit]

ha-ha

  1. An approximation of the sound of laughter.
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Noun[edit]

ha-ha ‎(plural ha-has)

  1. A laugh.
    • 1957, Ernie Kovacs, Zoomar, Doubleday (1957), page 28:
      Ha-has from both sides of the door.
    • 1997, David Gessner, A Wild, Rank Place: One Year on Cape Cod, University Press of New England (1997), ISBN 0874518032, page 90:
      We had a fine dinner, punctuated with Heidi's loud ha-has and lots of wine.
    • 2012, David Mazzarella, Always Eat the Hard Crust of the Bread: Recollections and Recipes from My Centenarian Mother, iUniverse (2012), ISBN 9781475913941, page 24:
      Not just giggles or a few ha-has, but the paralyzing kind of laughter, when the eyes tear and the nose runs and one gasps seemingly unto apoplexy.
  2. Something funny; a joke.
    • 1983, Texas Monthly, March 1983, page 68:
      You'll catch a few ha-has and even a golden memory or two singing along with the house piano player.
    • 1996, Lois A. Chaber, "Sir Charles Grandison And The Human Prospect", in New Essays on Samuel Richardson (ed. Albert J. Rivero), St. Martin's Press (1996), ISBN 9780312125080, page 196:
      She is not rewarded until she learns to reduce her expectations, and surprises (the ha-has of this novel) are the educational tool.
    • 2005, Sue Grafton, S Is for Silence, Berkley Books (2005), ISBN 1101146966, unnumbered page:
      If Kathy had been with us, she'd have countered with a few ha-has of her own, thus guaranteeing a laugh at his expense.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French haha, supposedly from ha! as an expression of surprise.

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Noun[edit]

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ha-ha ‎(plural ha-has)

  1. A ditch with one vertical side, acting as a sunken fence, designed to block the entry of animals into lawns and parks without breaking sightlines.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park[1], volume one, chapter IX, Thomas Egerton:
      A few steps farther brought them out at the bottom of the very walk they had been talking of; and standing back, well shaded and sheltered, and looking over a ha-ha into the park, was a comfortable-sized bench, on which they all sat down.
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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ha-ha

  1. A haha, ha-ha (sunken fence).

Declension[edit]

Inflection of ha-ha (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative ha-ha ha-hat
genitive ha-han ha-hojen
partitive ha-haa ha-hoja
illative ha-haan ha-hoihin
singular plural
nominative ha-ha ha-hat
accusative nom.? ha-ha ha-hat
gen. ha-han
genitive ha-han ha-hojen
ha-hainrare
partitive ha-haa ha-hoja
inessive ha-hassa ha-hoissa
elative ha-hasta ha-hoista
illative ha-haan ha-hoihin
adessive ha-halla ha-hoilla
ablative ha-halta ha-hoilta
allative ha-halle ha-hoille
essive ha-hana ha-hoina
translative ha-haksi ha-hoiksi
instructive ha-hoin
abessive ha-hatta ha-hoitta
comitative ha-hoineen

Min Nan[edit]

simpl. and trad.

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Adverb[edit]

ha-ha ‎(POJ, traditional and simplified 哈哈)

  1. (onomatopoeia) the sound of someone laughing out loud
    哈哈 (ha-ha-chhiò) to laugh out loud