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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
1710-20; perhaps imitative
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  • First a puzzled look came into his eyes—then he guffawed aloud.

    Renshaw Fanning's Quest Bertram Mitford
  • Chloe, bending nearly double, guffawed loudly at her own joke.

    Dorothy's Triumph Evelyn Raymond
  • A guffawed chorus of derision rudely smote his burning ears.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • "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
  • "You look like a honeymooner, I don't think," guffawed Hobbs.

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

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • Finally they threw back their heads and guffawed louder than ever.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • Nando, not skilled in European politeness, guffawed uproariously.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • She boxed his ears, while he guffawed and clucked at his team.

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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