laughingstock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laughingstock a victim of ridicule or pranks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laughingstock An object of ridicule; a butt of sport. "When he talked, he talked nonsense, and made himself the laughingstock of his hearers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laughingstock A person or thing that is an object of ridicule; a butt for laughter or jokes.
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Usage

In literature:

Your Commons are a disconsidered rump of which already you have made a laughingstock.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
He saw his house unfinished, his wife rebellious, himself a laughingstock.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume I." by John Galsworthy
Then Louis XVIII, who till then had been the laughingstock both of the French and the Allies, began to reign.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
He saw his house unfinished, his wife rebellious, himself a laughingstock.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Her Parliament is the laughingstock of Europe.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
Such a man as Henry Vincent would be a laughingstock.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
But, no; I would not have a scandal afloat, even though I was becoming the laughingstock and by-word of my servants!
"The Sapphire Cross" by George Manville Fenn
So all this made him rather a laughingstock among the regular hands.
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
There is no need to add that they were the laughingstock of them all.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
I'm the laughingstock of the business world.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
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In news:

We're talking about national laughingstocks the day after Election Day.
Blue Devils no longer a laughingstock.
US a "laughingstock" internationally under Obama (VIDEO).
Bombers laughingstock of CFL, and that's not funny.
'NCAA Wonders Why It's a Laughingstock'.
Taylor also has a strong column about how the Cowboys have become the laughingstock of the NFL.
In span of 3 years, Lake Nona goes from laughingstock to state berth.
RON CORTES / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Robert Griffin III made a laughingstock of the Eagles'.
In their last prime-time appearance, the Jets became a national laughingstock, committing five turnovers and allowing 475 total yards in a 49-19 loss to the Patriots.
The Jets were already the laughingstock of the NFL.
The Jets have been one of the laughingstock franchises in sports for a long time, but last night was special, even for them.
Democrats in the 8th congressional district can spare New York from becoming a national laughingstock.
As Jonathan Meador pointed out, Stacey Campfield continued on his quest to make Tennessee the laughingstock of the nation on Michelangelo Signorile's radio show.
College football tour (SMU): Mustangs no longer a laughingstock.
He's made us a laughingstock.
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