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laughingstock n : a victim of ridicule or pranks [syn: butt, goat, stooge]

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  • laughing + stock. Thought to originate from the time when stocks were used to punish and humiliate petty criminals.


  1. An object of ridicule, someone who is publicly ridiculed; a butt of sport. - Shakespeare
    When he talked, he talked nonsense, and made himself the laughingstock of his hearers. - Macaulay
    After I got drunk and fell asleep naked outside my manager's house, I've been the laughingstock of the club.

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Object of ridicule

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

butt, byword, byword of reproach, derision, dupe, fair game, figure of fun, fool, game, gazingstock, goat, jest, jestingstock, joke, mockery, monkey, stock, target, toy, victim
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