[用法]laugh的其他表达方式

当我们想要表达“笑”的意思时,往往首先想到laugh一词,其实“笑”也分好多种,让我们看看《麦克米伦高阶英汉双解词典》为我们提示的“笑”的其他表达方式,相信看过之后,当再表达“笑”的意思时,我们会用词更加贴切。

giggle
to laugh in a nervous or excited way, especially at something silly 咯咯地笑;傻笑:
◆ Andy and Sarah were giggling helplessly at the back of the class. 安迪和萨拉在教室后面咯咯地笑成一团。

chuckle
to laugh quietly, especially in a private or secret way 低声轻笑:
◆ "Now that was a sight to see!" chuckled Anne as she looked at the photos. 安妮一遍看着照片一边轻声笑道,“瞧,这多可笑呀!”

cackle
to laugh in a loud unpleasant way especially when you are taking pleasure in someone else’s bad luck (尤指幸灾乐祸地)高声大笑:
◆ The old man was cackling horribly and rubbing his hands.老头狞笑着,不停地抓挠自己的手。

snigger
to laugh secretly and quietly, especially in an unkind way or at something that is rude (尤指刻薄地)暗笑,窃笑:
◆ The children started sniggering at Judy’s dancing.看着朱迪跳舞,孩子们开始窃笑。

titter
to laugh quietly and unkindly when something embarrassing happens(在尴尬发生时)窃笑,哧哧地笑:
◆ The audience tittered as Brock fell through the door. 布罗克穿过门口时摔了一跤,观众们窃笑起来。

get the giggle
to start giggling and be unable to stop 开始咯咯地笑个不停:
◆ We got the giggles in the middle of the ceremony and Sarah was furious. 典礼举行到一半时我们开始咯咯地笑个没完,萨拉为此大为光火。

be in hysterics/stitches
to laugh in an excited and uncontrolled way 狂笑不止;捧腹大笑:
◆ You should have seen his face—we were in absolute hysterics! 你当时该看看他的表情,我们个个笑得前仰后合!

crack up(informal 【非正式】)
to suddenly start laughing at something, often in a situation when you are not supposed to (常指在不适宜的场合)突然开始大笑起来:
◆ When he told us to leave the room, we just cracked up, I’m afraid. 他叫我们离开房间时,我们却突然大笑起来。

(以上内容选自外研社版《麦克米兰高阶英汉双解词典》,更多详细分析见该词典内各词条解释。)