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[guh-faw, guh-] /gʌˈfɔ, gə-/
a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter.
verb (used without object)
to laugh loudly and boisterously.
Origin of guffaw
First recorded in 1710-20; perhaps imitative Unabridged
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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


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 guffawed



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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