Part of speech:
(Like “sleep,” “skydive,” and “succeed,” all intransitive verbs show complete action on their own and do not do action to an object. You sleep, you skydive, you succeed, and that’s it. You don’t “sleep a bed,” “skydive a plane,” or “succeed a plan”.
Likewise, someone cachinnates.)
When people cachinnate, they're laughing so loudly that they've lost control of themselves.
cachinnation, cachinnator, cachinnatory
How to use it:
Talk about someone cachinnating at something, cachinnating over something, or cachinnating about something. You can cachinnate with someone or cachinnate as you do something or recall something. Often, cachinnation is annoying or embarrassing to people who have to listen to it, so keep that in mind when you choose this word. If you want to be poetic, you can use "cachinnate" to personify something, as in "The thunder cachinnated."
Jay has a hilarious story to tell you about a stinky car, and it will absolutely make you cachinnate... ready?
We stayed up late imagining useless, expensive, and outrageous kitchen devices--such as the banana peeler, a contraption the size of a washing machine with a live monkey inside-- then cachinnating about them.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "cachinnate" means when you can explain it without saying "uproarious" or "loudly."
Think of the last time you laughed until your stomach hurt, and fill in the blank: “_____ absolutely made me cachinnate.”
Example: “Cake Wrecks, a blog subtitled 'When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong,' absolutely made me cachinnate.”
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A Point Well Made:
Sarah Silverman: “Let’s not wait for the apocalypse or an alien attack to love each other, y’all.”
1. The opposite of CACHINNATE is
2. We _____ the cachinnation coming from the apartment upstairs.
A. are really irritated by
B. keep on smelling
C. worry about the damage from
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