Is there a word that can describe this facial expression?

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("about to burst out laughing")

  • I don't think any artifice would have the same effect as the excellent phrase about to burst out laughing. The reader should feel it within the continuity of context, without having to consult a dictionary (even an online one).
    – Kris
    Nov 30, 2011 at 10:16

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The picture shows a laugh that is smothered.


Not a particularly common word even with its primary meaning of impregnated with thorium oxide to increase thermionic emission, but...

thoriated - tittering; being or sounding of nervous or suppressed laughter


The face appears contorted / convulsed with suppressed laughter to me.

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