hleahtor
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hleahtor
Add:I. the action of laughing. 1. as an expression of joy, merriment Plega and hleahtor . . . þǽr wigan sittað on beórsele blíðe ætsomne, Rún. 14. Hlehter (risus ) eówer on heófunge byþ gehworfen and bliss on gnornunge, Scint. 171, 6. Hlehter sáre byð gemincged, II. Be hlehtre and be wópe, I. Hwelce cehhettunge gé woldon þæs habban and mid hwelcre hleahtre gé woldon beón ástyred quanta moveris cachinno , Bt. 16, 2 ; F. 52, 5. Dyde ic mé tó gomene ganetes hleóðor and huilpan swég fore hleahtor wera, Seef. 21. Leahter risum , Scint. 171, 12. (l a) attributed to other than human beings :-- Wæs engla þreát hleahtre blíðe, Cri. 739. Ic (the devil ) þá róde ne þearf hleahtre herigean, El. 920: An. 1705. 2. as an expression of contempt, scorn Gif þú mid þan þeáwe tǽlendra mé hleahtrige, warna þé sylfne þǽr þú þé hleahtres (leóhtes ?) wéne þæt þú þǽr ne wurðe mid dymnysse þýstro áblend if you after the manner of critics laugh at me, loot to yourself lest where you expect laughter (light f) you can see nothing for the darkness (the Latin is: si more obtrectatoris succensueris, cave, ut ubi lucem putaveris, ne a tenebris obcaeceris), Guth. Gr. 101, 23. Bysmredon of hleahtre deriserunt derisu , Ps. Rdr. 34, 16. Bysmrodon mé mid hleahtre (printed mildhleahtre) subsannaverunt me subsannatione , Ps. Spl. 34, 19. Þ æt wíf áhlóh wereda drihtnes nalles glædlíce, ac heó þone hleóðorcwide husce belegde on sefan swíðe . . . on búre áhóf hihtleásne hleahtor, Gen. 2387. II. a laugh, a burst or peal of laughter Þá higeleáslican ceahhetunga, hlehtras ineffrenatos cachinnos , An. Ox. 3171: Wlfst. 233, 18. v. tǽl-hleahtor, ungemet-hleahtor.
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