What does ha-ha mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. a loud laugh that sounds like a horse neighing

  2. a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape

Webster Dictionary

  1. a sunk fence; a fence, wall, or ditch, not visible till one is close upon it

    Etymology: [See Haw-haw.]


  1. A ha-ha is a turfed ditch with one sloped side, and one vertical side that is faced with a masonry retaining wall. A ha-ha is a feature used in landscape garden design to keep grazing livestock out of a garden while providing an uninterrupted view from within. Before mechanical lawnmowers, a commonly way to keep large areas of grassland trimmed was to allow livestock, usually sheep, to graze the grass. A ha-ha prevented grazing animals on large estates from gaining access to the lawn and gardens adjoining the house, giving a continuous vista to create the illusion that the garden and landscape were one and undivided. The name "ha-ha" was given to the feature because, when walking towards it from the garden, it would only become apparent to the observer when close to it.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. imitation of the sound of laughter.

  2. Hawhaw, haw-haw′, n. a sunk fence, or a ditch not seen till close upon it.

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  1. The numerical value of ha-ha in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. The numerical value of ha-ha in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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