• Pertaining to laughter.

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Example Sentences

“The stand-up routine was so gelastic that my friend could barely catch his breath between laughs.”

“My colleague and I can’t sit next to each other in meetings because of our gelastic tendencies.” 

“It’s a gelastic audience tonight, unlike the quiet crowd last night.”

Word Origin

Greek, early 17th century

Why this word?

“Gelastic” is an adjective used to describe something pertaining to laughter, or that causes laughter. The suffix “-ic,” which means “of or relating to,” is paired with the Greek word “gelastikos,” meaning “able to laugh,” to form this adjective.

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