[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for guffaw


/ (ɡʌˈfɔː) /


a crude and boisterous laugh


to laugh crudely and boisterously or express (something) in this way

Word Origin for guffaw

C18: of imitative origin
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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.

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