Verb intransitive. Early 19th century.
[Latin cachinnat- past participial stem of cachinnare, of imitative origin.]
Laugh loudly or immoderately.
cachinnatory adjective of or connected with loud laughter. E19
Noun. Early 17th century.
[Latin cachinnatio(n-), formed as preceding: see -ATION.]
(A burst of) loud or immoderate laughter.
English has numerous synonyms for the verb laugh, including: giggle, titter, guffaw, chuckle, chortle, snicker, snigger and cackle (and that's without going into the phrasal verbs such as burst out laughing). A lesser known synonym is cachinnate (pronounced with a hard k sound), which has a devilishly villainous ring about it, bringing to mind the cunning cachinnations of Sideshow Bob, Dr Evil and The Wicked Witch of the West. For all their villainy, bad guys do seem to have a good sense of humour - and that's only when they think their plans are going to work. Can you imagine the cacophonous chorus of crude cachinnations if their plans did work? As for those of us that don't have the excuse of being evil, we're just left to cachinnate embarrassingly at the likes of funerals and job interviews. But at least we're not live on TV ...
Do you cachinnate?
What bad guy has the best cachinnation?
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