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literary a brittle laugh or smile does not show real humour or happiness
the American spelling of humourless
a humourless smile or laugh expresses no pleasure
in a way that shows you think something is silly
if you do something laughingly, you laugh as you do it
mainly literary a mirthless smile or laugh expresses feelings such as anger or sadness
showing that you think someone or something is stupid
a laugh that sounds sad rather than happy or sincere
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Free thesaurus definition of words used to describe laughter and laughs from the Macmillan English Dictionary - a free English dictionary online with thesaurus and with pronunciation from Macmillan Publishers Limited.