Words or actions intended to excite laughter or amusement:jape, jest, joke, quip, witticism. (Informal) funny. (Slang) ha-ha. See laughter verb
To hold (something requiring an outlet) in check:burke, choke (back), hold back, hold down, hush (up), muffle, quench, repress, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, throttle. (Informal) sit on (or upon). See restraint Roget's II The New Thesaurus Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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