Taxonomy of meanings for 笑:

  • 笑 xiao4 廣韻:欣也喜也亦作笑私妙切五
    • LAUGH
      • nabactlaughter, sneer
      • nabeventa laughing matter
      • vadNfull of laughter, accomnpanied by laughter
      • vadVamusedgiggling all the while, with an amused peal of laughter
      • vadVdisdainfulwith a sneer
      • viactsmile/laugh (typically disdainfully)
      • viactlaugh noisily, delighted
      • viactproduce an audible sneer
      • viactshow laughing behaviour
      • vipassivebe ridiculous [mark the strange categorisation "vi - pass" which distinguishes this meaning from a possible "given to laughing".
      • vt(oN)imperativelaugh at the contextually determinate person (mostly with negative!??)
      • vtoN+suobe laughed at, be sneered at
      • vtoNdisdainfulnormally: find ridiculous and laugh at, sneer at
      • vtoNdisdainfulget laughed at 為天下笑
      • vtoNpsych(with an inward smile:) find ridiculous
      • vtoNab{S}laugh at the (nominalised) situation S
      • vtoSdisdainfullaugh at N for V-ing
      • vtoSS=narrativelaugh because of the situation described by S
      • mildly>SMILE
        • nabactsmile
        • nabact(beguiling) smile (of a lady or a toady)
        • nabactsmile
        • vadNbeguilingsmiling
        • vadVamusedwith a(n amused or well-pleased) smile 笑曰
        • vadVcongenialwith a smile (amicably)
        • viactlaugh as a sign that one is amused by what one experiences
        • viactsmile in a beguiling manner (of women)
        • viactsmile congenially in conversation etc. 相視而笑
        • viactsmile as a reaction to something pleasant 大悅而笑
        • viactsmile (with a despondent sigh etc)
        • viactsmile with contempt
        • viactembarrassed smile
        • viactgo through the motions of a smile, cut a smiling face
        • vtoNamusedmiddle voice: be smiled at
        • worth smiling at>FUNNY
          • vadNamusingcausing smiles> amusing 笑言
      • derisively>MOCK
        • nobjectobject of mocking behaviour
        • vtoNmock
    • exocentric: agent>ENTERTAINER
      • v[adN]buffoon, jester