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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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Examples 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

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 guffaws

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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