Laugh vs. Smile

Difference Between Laugh and Smile

Laugh and Smile are words that are frequently baffled due to the appearing resemblance in their meanings. Strictly speaking there is some difference between the two words in terms of their meanings.

The word ‘laugh’ is used as a verb and it is used in the sense of ‘opening your mouth and expressing your admiration of comic sentiment in a loud manner’ as in the sentences

1. He laughed incessantly after hearing the joke.

2. She had a good laugh.

In both the sentences you can find that the word ‘laugh’ is used in the sense of ‘opening mouth and expressing your approval of comic sentiment in a loud manner’

It is fascinating to note that the word ‘laugh’ is used as a verb in the first sentence and it is used as a noun in the second sentence. Thus ‘laugh’ can be used both as a verb and as a noun.

On the other hand the word ‘smile’ is used in the sense of ‘gentle laugh’ as in the sentences:

1. She smiled gently.

2. He smiled at her.

In both the sentences the ‘smile’ is used to express ‘gentle laugh’. It is appealing to note that the word ‘smile’ too like ‘laugh’ can be used both as a noun and as a verb.

While laughing, teeth is visible and there is a loud voice. On the other hand teeth will not be visible and no loud voice will be heard during smile. Occasionally you tend to hold your sides too during laugh. In other words it can be said that smile is not accompanied by voice for that matter. These are the noteworthy differences among the two words, namely ‘smile’ and ‘laugh’.

 

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