What is the reading of 笑 when used as a “lol” or “heh” interjection? Is it わらい or something shorter?

Is the reading the same when written as “w”? What if it’s repeated like 笑笑 or wwww?

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You usually do not have to read it out loud, but if you do need to, you can read it as わらい. When 笑 is enclosed in parentheses (i.e., (笑)), it can be read かっこわらい, too.

In slangy contexts わら is also possible, but it may sound derogatory or otaku-like.

Related: Pronunciation of「ww」(笑い)

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