- a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter.
- to laugh loudly and boisterously.
Origin of guffaw
Examples from the Web for guffaw
The perfect amount of raunchy shock value to color a guffaw with a gasp.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
Even those who support union with Russia guffaw when asked whether the referendum will be above board.Crimeans Are Resigned To Pro-Russia Vote
March 15, 2014
She had an incredible laugh—something between a giggle and a guffaw.Saying Goodbye to Doc
June 26, 2009
A tremendous shout from one end of the ship to the other stopped his guffaw.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
That brought a guffaw from some of the youngsters, but Dick shook his head.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
"I'm the Vicar's bottle-washer, you know," added the curate, with a guffaw.The Hero
William Somerset Maugham
“Old Taffs started a cigar-case,” said Dick, bursting into a guffaw.Menhardoc
George Manville Fenn
They laughed so loudly that Jim first smiled, then burst into a guffaw himself.Dorothy's Triumph</p>
- a crude and boisterous laugh
- to laugh crudely and boisterously or express (something) in this way
Word Origin and History for guffaw
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.