Definitions

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  • adv. With laughter or merriment.
  • adv. With derision

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With laughter or merriment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a laughing or merry way; with laughter.

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

  • adv. with laughter; while laughing

Etymologies

laughing +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "By-by, Bobby," she called laughingly to her partner.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

  • In his own case, the correctness of his first impressions -- what he himself called laughingly his _ "coup d'oeil" _ -- is in a measure proved by a note-book, now lying before the writers, in which he recorded his views of Bastia and the Corsicans after a very brief acquaintance -- that view requiring scarcely any modification when first impressions had been exchanged for real knowledge and experience.

    The Slave of the Lamp

  • Trimpin laughingly shows filmmakers his collection of rejection notes for grant proposals that have ended up in a huge file of "fuck you letters."

    George Heymont: There's Art Right At Your Fingertips!

  • I’d post a photo of the I use the word laughingly scarf I finished yesterday, but one of the cats is sleeping on it.

    David Attenborough Presents… « shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

  • Not only was my attempt at writing a note on the door tag laughingly futile, the shipping guy's yellow note taped next to the airbill telling the driver to "please drop off box at apartment office if no one is home" was ridiculously unnecessary since ALL OF THIS could've been avoided if he'd just checked the NO SIGNATURE REQUIRED box.

    haloaskew Diary Entry

  • Thirty minutes after the Limited rolled out of the terminal Detectives Johnson and Goldberg, attired as North Country backwoodsmen and lugging battered suitcases, swaggered behind Lizbet into the smoking car of a sooty, suffocating all-coach local-express entitled laughingly in the timetables The Snowball.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • He had called her laughingly his mascot; but the thing was no joke.

    The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

  • The two voices called laughingly back and forth across the slough, mingled with the excited barking of the brown dog as he retrieved the slaughtered ducks.

    Burned Bridges

  • As they move apart the words "To-morrow night," or "Thursday," or "Friday," are called laughingly back, showing that the late partner is not to be lost sight of utterly; and then the procession begins anew.

    Mary, Mary

  • Ann asked, still looking at the girls who were calling laughingly back and forth to the men.

    The Visioning

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