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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 of guffaw
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20; perhaps imitative
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  • She boxed his ears, while he guffawed and clucked at his team.

  • Chloe, bending nearly double, guffawed loudly at her own joke.

    Dorothy's Triumph

    Evelyn Raymond
  • "I might say it's 'cause you're so purty to look at," he guffawed at this bit of humor.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • Grylls guffawed with an overdone assumption of a man at his ease.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • I minded it not that they guffawed and heaped derision upon me.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • He won gold from Durade, or, as Fresno guffawed to a comrade, he had been allowed to win it.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • A guffawed chorus of derision rudely smote his burning ears.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • At that the other cavalier sat back in his saddle and guffawed merrily.

    John Enderby Gilbert Parker
  • Pete, on the contrary, threw back his head and guffawed thunderously.

    Whilomville Stories

    Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for guffawed

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 guffawed

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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