In my dictionary, in an example in the entry for どうやって, there is the word (?) はは at the beginning of the sentence.

はは どうやって お互い を 知り合った のです か

How did you come to know one another (translation provided by the dictionary)

What does that mean?

Nb: The sentence segmentation is that of the dictionary

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    Is it an online dictionary? If so, please provide a link. I’m rather surprised a dictionary has an entry for どうやって.
    – aguijonazo
    Aug 17 at 4:27
  • It is an app called JDict play.google.com/store/apps/…
    – starckman
    Aug 17 at 4:33
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    I suspect it to be a typo.
    – aguijonazo
    Aug 17 at 4:37
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    Is any of the options I have listed in my answer not plausible? Aug 17 at 4:39
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    @ChristelleAugustin - The first is possible but not very likely for a standalone sample sentence. The second is even less likely. You don’t address your mother as はは when you are directly talking to her, unless you are joking or something. Besides, it would be written as 母. A typo or bug is more plausible.
    – aguijonazo
    Aug 17 at 6:01

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I guess it is a short/dry laugh "Ha, ha" or possibly an exclamation "Hmm." はは sometimes means "Yes, Sir!", but it can't be the case.

It lookes to me like an extract from a novel.

  • I think the 'Yes, sir' one is also normally 「ははっ」
    – Angelos
    Aug 18 at 16:36
  • @Angelos Exactly.
    – Ryo
    Aug 18 at 18:32

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