Self-aggrandizing is a word that I have in mind, but it doesn't seem suitable to describe one who laughs at their own joke, even when nobody else does.

He's a _______, a person who cannot help but laugh at his own jokes

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    There are different circumstances in which people "laugh at their own jokes". I think it would be highly proscriptive to express a general judgement on the matter. Some jokes are so compulsive that it is difficult to tell them without laughing. – WS2 Aug 2 '18 at 21:57
  • Please see this guidance from Stack Exchange management regarding Single word requests, crosswords, and the fight against mediocrity. – tchrist Aug 3 '18 at 3:55

Not really sure if this word is...erm...appropriate enough for ELU, but, according to Urban Dictionary:


  1. One who makes one's self laugh, or a person who laughs at their own jokes.

So yeah. A hybrid between laugh and masturbate is your answer.

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  • Great answer. Is it okay to pronounce laughterbater as lawtar-betar? – Ahmed Aug 2 '18 at 17:55
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    I'd say laffer bater, i.e exactly how laughter and masturbator is pronounced. – VTH Aug 2 '18 at 17:58
  • laughterbation is a form of self-laugh – loonquawl Aug 3 '18 at 6:53
  • True, but OP only requested a word describing a person who laughs at their own joke, not why they laugh at their own joke. The intent doesn't matter, the action is. – VTH Aug 3 '18 at 7:07
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    @IqbalAhmedSiyal: IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet—it’s a method of precisely transcribing pronunciation, so we can use text, instead of audio, to talk about the exact pronunciations of words. – Jon Purdy Aug 3 '18 at 7:54

He's someone who cannot keep a straight face

to manage to stop yourself from smiling or laughing:

  • She tried to keep a straight face but, unable to contain herself, burst into laughter.
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