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ha-ha

also haha, used of laughter since ancient times; Old English ha ha. Also in Greek (ha ha, in Euripides, Aristophanes), Latin (hahae). A different attempt at representation in English is py-hy (1580s). Sometimes interchanged with ah and expressing surprise, distress, etc. A ha-ha (1712), from French, was "an obstacle interrupting one's way sharply and disagreeably;" so called because it "surprizes ... and makes one cry Ah! Ah!" [Alexander Le Blond, "The Theory and Practice of Gardening," 1712].

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Definitions of ha-ha

ha-ha (n.)
a loud laugh that sounds like a horse neighing;
Synonyms: hee-haw / horselaugh / haw-haw
ha-ha (n.)
a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape;
Synonyms: sunk fence / haw-haw
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