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[guh-faw, guh-] /gʌˈfɔ, gə-/
a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter.
verb (used without object)
to laugh loudly and boisterously.
1710-20; perhaps imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the web for guffaws
  • With a hundred variations, a hundred guffaws, they said that he had gone to the movies during business-hours.
  • Listen to the objections and the epithets and the guffaws.
  • Where others see ambiguity and guffaws, she sees opportunity.
  • Amid appreciative guffaws he continues in the same vein.
  • Not long ago, he would have caused guffaws by saying that.
  • They only let out big guffaws of victories and became busy using these bubbles as their next poll planks.
  • What followed initially provoked guffaws from political reporters who had spent years covering their feuds.
  • To more guffaws from the crowd, the government claims this had always been in their thoughts.
  • Sure, there were the giggles and guffaws that come with inappropriate swearing.
  • All the crowd-pleasing guffaws are in the trailer, and they occur only when the plot turns.
British Dictionary definitions for guffaws


a crude and boisterous laugh
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 guffaws



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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