Meaning of “laugh at sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"laugh at sb/sth" in British English

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laugh at sb/sth

phrasal verb with laugh uk /lɑːf/ us /læf/ verb [ I ]

B1 to show that you think someone or something is stupid:

I can't go into work looking like this - everyone will laugh at me.

B1 to treat someone or something as if he, she, or it is not important or does not deserve serious attention:

If you say that, people will just laugh at you.

More examples

  • She thinks people will laugh at her if she sings.
  • I'm not wearing that hat - people will laugh at me.
  • Does he realize that everyone is laughing at him?
  • Don't laugh at her attempts at decorating.
  • Nobody will laugh at you for trying.

(Definition of “laugh at sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)