Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To ridicule or laugh someone out of a purpose, principle, etc.; laugh down; discourage or put out of countenance by laughing.
  • v. To laugh louder than, surpass in laughing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To surpass or outdo in laughing.
  • transitive v. To laugh (one) out of a purpose, principle, etc.; to discourage or discomfit by laughing; to laugh down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surpass in laughing.
  • To laugh down; discourage or put out of countenance by laughing.

Etymologies

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From out- +‎ laugh. Compare Dutch uitlachen ("to ridicule"), German auslachen ("to laugh at"), Danish udle.

Examples

  • Tevye is powerless to stop his daughters from making their own decisions independently of his wishes, or the czar from driving him off his property, yet his humor persuades us that he can outlaugh his crises and outlast his critics.

    A Mensch for All Seasons

  • "Why, I feel that I could outfiddle the cat, outjump the cow, outlaugh the dog, and start an elopement that would knock the performance of the tableware as silly as -- well, as I am talking now.

    The Round-Up A romance of Arizona novelized from Edmund Day's melodrama

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