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haw-haw

[haw-haw] /ˈhɔˌhɔ/
interjection
1.
(used to represent the sound of a loud, boisterous laugh.)
noun
2.
a guffaw.
Origin of haw-haw
1825-1835
1825-35; imitative; see ha-ha1
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Examples from the Web for haw-haw
Historical Examples
  • The vulgar "haw-haw" denotes a correspondingly gross nature.

    How to Read Human Nature William Walker Atkinson
  • It was this call that haw-haw had imitated and so often puzzled the dog.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
  • For it was Rick's black bird, haw-haw by name, who had been doing the whistling.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
  • Ruddy did not altogether like haw-haw being so friendly with Rick.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
  • I don't call him that way any more since haw-haw played that trick.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
  • His valet had him upon his feet in a trice; and with a “haw-haw!”

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Bountiful ran a black cart-colt, and made him leap the haw-haw.

  • So they struck in towards the haw-haw—the four walking almost abreast.

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn
  • He was quite a young chap this, a conceited puppy, affecting the "haw-haw," which seems to be epidemic in the British Army.

  • A tin can of water was hung on the side, so haw-haw could reach it without knocking it over.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
British Dictionary definitions for haw-haw

haw-haw1

/ˈhɔːˈhɔː/
interjection
1.
a variant of ha-ha1

haw-haw2

/ˈhɔːhɔː/
noun
1.
a variant of ha-ha2

Haw-Haw

/ˈhɔːˌhɔː/
noun
1.
Lord Haw-Haw, See Joyce
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