Definitions

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

  • n. An object of jokes or ridicule; a butt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of laughing stock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An object of ridicule; a butt of sport.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person or thing that is an object of ridicule; a butt for laughter or jokes.

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

  • n. a victim of ridicule or pranks

Etymologies

laughing +‎ stock. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And Moammar "They Give Them Pills at Night" Gadhafi will likely die too, probably leaking hilariously green blood but sadly without the word "laughingstock" ringing in his ears.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • If the author wishes to make himself a laughingstock, that is his affair.

    Nevermore

  • No empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far.

    Bill Totten's Weblog

  • It's over — we're officially, royally f*cked. no empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far. ...

    Matt Tabbai: "The Big Takeover" - Rolling Stone

  • It's over - we're officially, royally fucked. no empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far.

    Political Waves

  • It's over -- we're officially, royally fucked. no empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running things in this country finally went one step too far.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • It's over -- we're officially, royally fucked. no empire can survive being rendered a permanent laughingstock, which is what happened as of a few weeks ago, when the buffoons who have been running thi ...

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • So John Berry, head of the Office of Personnel Management, says he was worried about being a "laughingstock" if he released federal workers before the snow began to fall Wednesday afternoon?

    Snowstorm failures: No single decision can be blamed

  • One Democratic lawmaker has said that it has made Arizona a "laughingstock" but it's difficult to find an ounce of humor in this kind of venal legislation.

    Dave Zirin: No One Is Illegal: Boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Politics and religion are about to mix and insure that "laughingstock" becomes an almost required synonym for the word "education" in Texas.

    Bill Allen: Armageddon Friday

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  • Or, stock in those little round cheeses with the cross-dressing bull on the front...

    October 31, 2008

  • A trickster stock on the Dow.

    October 31, 2008