English edit

  It has been requested that this entry be merged with ha-ha(+).

Alternative forms edit

A person laughing, the sound that haha is based on.

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English haha, ha ha, from Old English ha ha (interjection), ultimately onomatopoeic. Compare Old Frisian haha (interjection), Middle Low German hahā, hahahā (interjection), Middle High German hahā, haha (interjection), all expressions of joy or of laughter.

Interjection edit

haha

  1. An onomatopoeic representation of laughter.
Usage notes edit

Additional reduplication is often used to express more sincere or expressive laughter (e.g. hahahaha!). In text messaging, a simple haha can be ambiguous as to whether it expresses genuine amusement, so hahaha is commonly used to express sincere amusement.

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Translations edit

Verb edit

haha (third-person singular simple present hahas, present participle hahaing or haha-ing, simple past and past participle hahaed or haha-ed or haha'd)

  1. To laugh.
    • 1860, Frederick Gerstaecker, translated by Lascelles Wraxall, Frank Wildman’s Adventures on Land and Water, Boston, Mass.: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, [], page 124:
      First he regarded the strangers, then his own band, and his mouth was expanded to a still wider grin; his eyes opened to their fullest extent, and at last he haha’d as furiously and heartily as the worst of the sailors, which was naturally the signal for an outbreak on the part of the islanders.
    • 1908, Field and Stream, page 832:
      Emett yelled for him, and Jones and Jim “hahaed!”
    • 2014, Rachel Hauck, A March Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella, Zondervan, →ISBN:
      She haha’d like she ate diamonds for breakfast and flossed with spun gold.
    • 2017, Deborah E. Kennedy, Tornado Weather, Flatiron Books, →ISBN, page 17:
      Then she shrugged and haha-ed again and mumbled, “Poor souls,” because she thought she was safe and none of us could comprehend a single word she said.
    • 2021, Ali Stroker, Stacy Davidowitz, The Chance to Fly, Amulet Books, →ISBN:
      NatThrowinAwayMyShot: Haha, what?! GoChloGo: Y r u haha-ing?

Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from French haha. The French term attested 1686 in toponyms in New France (present-day Quebec); compare modern Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!. Usual etymology is that an expression of surprise – “ha ha” or “ah! ah!” is exclaimed on encountering such a boundary. In France this is traditionally attributed to the reaction of Louis, Grand Dauphin to encountering such a feature in the gardens of the Château de Meudon. The English term attested 1712, in translation by John James of French La theorie et la pratique du jardinage (1709) by Dezallier d'Argenville:

Grills of iron are very necessary ornaments in the lines of walks, to extend the view, and to show the country to advantage. At present we frequently make thoroughviews, called Ah, Ah, which are openings in the walls, without grills, to the very level of the walks, with a large and deep ditch at the foot of them, lined on both sides to sustain the earth, and prevent the getting over; which surprises the eye upon coming near it, and makes one laugh, Ha! Ha! from where it takes its name. This sort of opening is haha, on some occasions, to be preferred, for that it does not at all interrupt the prospect, as the bars of a grill do.

Noun edit

 
A cross-sectional view of a ha-ha
 
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haha (plural hahas)

  1. Type of boundary to a garden, pleasure-ground, or park, designed not to interrupt the view and to be invisible until closely approached.
    • 1785, Horace Walpole, On Modern Gardening:
      The Ha Ha But the capital stroke, the leading step to all that, has followed, was (I believe the first thought was Bridgman's) the destruction of walls for boundaries, and the invention of fosses - an attempt then deemed so astonishing, that the common people called them Ha! Ha's! to express their surprise at finding a sudden and unperceived check to their walk. One of the first gardens planted in this simple though still formal style was my father's at Houghton. It was laid out by Mr. Eyre, an imitator of Bridgman. It contains three-and-twenty acres, then reckoned a considerable portion.
    • 1731, Richard Bradley, New improvements of planting and gardening, both philosophical and practical, London, page 164:
      Haha! or Fossee, are Terms of the same Signification, tho' the First is a new coin'd Word, they mean a Ditch, or Moat to Enclose a Garden, whether the Ditch has Water in it, or not, but the Haha, by the Custom of five or six Years, intimates a dry Ditch, so regulated by Slopes, and so Deep that it is unpassable. It makes a fine open Fence to a Ground.
    • 1862, Anthony Trollope, chapter VIII, in The Small House at Allington:
      And then that pair went off together, fighting their own little battle on that head, as turtle-doves will sometimes do. They went off, and Bernard was left with Bell standing together over the ha-ha fence which divides the garden at the back of the house from the field.
    • 1993, Elizabeth Gundrey, Walter Gundrey, edited by Jacqueline Krendel, Cottages, B and Bs and Country Inns of England and Wales, Fodor’s Travel Guides, →ISBN, page 220:
      The estate was cleverly landscaped to give an almost park-like view from the house: copses were planted to conceal buildings, hahas dug to replace fences or hedges.

Etymology 3 edit

Noun edit

haha (uncountable)

  1. A large leafy Hawaiian plant, Gunnera petaloidea.

Ese edit

Noun edit

haha

  1. (anatomy) body

Esperanto edit

Alternative forms edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [ˈhaha]
  • Rhymes: -aha
  • Hyphenation: ha‧ha

Interjection edit

haha

  1. haha (representation of laughter)

Related terms edit

Estonian edit

Noun edit

haha

  1. genitive singular of hahk

Finnish edit

Etymology edit

Duplication of ha.

Interjection edit

haha

  1. haha, ha-ha (laughing)

French edit

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

Onomatopoeic.

Interjection edit

haha

  1. ha-ha (imitative of laughter)

Etymology 2 edit

French term attested 1686 in toponyms in New France (present-day Quebec); compare modern Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!. Usual etymology is that an expression of surprise – “ha ha” or “ah! ah!” is exclaimed on encountering such a boundary. In France this is traditionally attributed to the reaction of Louis, Grand Dauphin to encountering such a feature in the gardens of the Château de Meudon.

Noun edit

haha m (plural hahas)

  1. ha-ha (ditch acting as a sunken fence)

Further reading edit

Jamamadí edit

Verb edit

haha

  1. (Banawá) to laugh

References edit

Japanese edit

Romanization edit

haha

  1. Rōmaji transcription of はは

Manchu edit

Romanization edit

haha

  1. Romanization of ᡥᠠᡥᠠ

Maori edit

Verb edit

haha

  1. look for

Portuguese edit

Etymology edit

Unadapted borrowing from English haha.

Pronunciation edit

 

Interjection edit

haha

  1. haha (representation of laughter)
    Synonym: (Internet) kkk

Rapa Nui edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Polynesian *fafa. Cognates include Hawaiian waha and Tahitian vaha.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈha.ha/
  • Hyphenation: ha‧ha

Noun edit

haha

  1. mouth

References edit

  • Veronica Du Feu (1996) Rapanui (Descriptive Grammars), Routledge, →ISBN, page 205
  • Paulus Kieviet (2017) A grammar of Rapa Nui[1], Berlin: Language Science Press, →ISBN, page 29

Tagalog edit

Etymology 1 edit

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: ha‧ha
  • IPA(key): /ˈhahaʔ/, [ˈha.hɐʔ] (noun)
  • IPA(key): /haˈhaʔ/, [hɐˈhaʔ] (adjective)

Noun edit

hahà (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜑ)

  1. big rip; big tear
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Adjective edit

hahâ (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜑ)

  1. with a big rip or tear

Etymology 2 edit

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: ha‧ha
  • IPA(key): /ˈhaha/, [ˈha.hɐ]

Interjection edit

haha (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜑ)

  1. onomatopoeic representation of laughter.
Alternative forms edit

See also edit

Etymology 3 edit

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: ha‧ha
  • IPA(key): /haˈhaʔ/, [hɐˈhaʔ]

Noun edit

hahâ (Baybayin spelling ᜑᜑ) (obsolete)

  1. name of the Baybayin letter , corresponding to "ha"

See also edit

Further reading edit

  • haha”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018
  • Noceda, Fr. Juan José de; Sanlucar, Fr. Pedro de (1860) Vocabulario de la lengua tagala, compuesto por varios religiosos doctos y graves[2] (in Spanish & Tagalog), Manila: Ramirez y Giraudier
  • San Buena Ventura, Fr. Pedro de (1613), Juan de Silva, editor, Vocabulario de lengua tagala: El romance castellano puesto primero[3], La Noble Villa de Pila, page 339:
    H) Haha (pc) vna de las letras del. A b c. tagalog .|. haha yaon .|. . eſta es vna delas letras mas prinçipales deſta lengua tagala y [en la] pronunçiation della con ſiſte mucha parte dela elocuençia y bien hablar, porque ſi por deſcuydoſe pronunçia mal total mẽte mudara el vocablo ſu ſignificaçion, y querra deçir otra coſa, como hobo deſnudo, obo, tos, y otros anſi.

Tboli edit

Noun edit

haha

  1. (anatomy) thigh; lap