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guffaw

[guh-faw, guh-] /gʌˈfɔ, gə-/
noun
1.
a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter.
verb (used without object)
2.
to laugh loudly and boisterously.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; perhaps imitative
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  • The night is filled with laughter and the occasional groan and guffaw.
  • Either you guffaw at this in self-defense, or you go mad.
  • Someone able to spot the agenda driven non-fiction and turn it around for a point and guffaw.
  • Dirksen would say something and the reporters would guffaw.
  • But if they had been even more effectively developed, they might have made one guffaw.
  • And the desperate, sophomoric climax is good for a final guffaw.
  • Don't underestimate the transformative power of a good guffaw.
British Dictionary definitions for guffaw

guffaw

/ɡʌˈfɔː/
noun
1.
a crude and boisterous laugh
verb
2.
to laugh crudely and boisterously or express (something) in this way
Word Origin
C18: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for guffaw
n.

1720, Scottish, probably imitative of the sound of coarse laughter. Cf. gawf (early 16c.) "loud, noisy laugh." The verb is from 1721. Related: Guffawed; guffawing.

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