Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of ha-ha1.
  • n. Variant of ha-ha2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of ha-ha. (a ditch acting as a sunken fence)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See ha-ha.
  • n. a loud laugh that sounds like a horse neighing.
  • n. a sunken fence (so as not to interfere with the view).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An utterance accompanying loud, coarse laughter.
  • To laugh loudly and heavily; guffaw.
  • n. A guffaw; loud, coarse laughter.
  • n. Same as ha-ha.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loud laugh that sounds like a horse neighing
  • n. a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape

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Examples

  • He'd got himself the Light Cavalry Brigade, which had sent a great groan through every hussar and lancer regiment in the army, and was even fuller of bounce than usual - his ridiculous lisp and growling "haw-haw" seemed to sound everywhere you went, and he was full of brag about how he and his beloved Cherrypickers would be the elite advanced force of the army.

    The Sky Writer

  • At this the servants burst into a horse haw-haw, in which, however, Raggles, who still kept a most melancholy countenance, did not join.

    Vanity Fair

  • He laughed not very often, and when he did, with a sudden, loud haw-haw, hearty but somehow joyless, like an echo from

    Memories and Portraits

  • Marian Leslie as she gave her happy order to her satellites around her, and ever and anon the bass haw-haw of Captain Ewing, who was made welcome as the chief of her attendants.

    Tales of all countries

  • Once he had walked, bare-headed, and in his patent-leather shoes and purple silk socks, with Connie down to the gate, talking to her in his well-bred rather haw-haw fashion.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • And with his old-fashioned, rather haw-haw! manner of speaking, he seemed more out of date than bag wigs.

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • His twenty years of Colonial life, divesting him of the dandyism in which he had been bred, had left him the essential neatness of the horseman, and given him a queer and rather blighting eye over what he called “the silly haw-haw” of some Englishmen, the ‘flapping cockatoory’ of some

    To Let

  • Sure, got him in the shallows, tryin 'to swim for it … too much hot It ad in him for swimmin', though, haw-haw!

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • Sure, got him in the shallows, tryin 'to swim for it ... too much hot It ad in him for swimmin', though, haw-haw!

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • "They say the Navy are enterin 'in' 61 — sailors on horseback, haw-haw!"

    Flashman and the Dragon

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