[ guh-faw, guh- ]
/ gʌˈfɔ, gə- /
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a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter.
verb (used without object)
to laugh loudly and boisterously.
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Origin of guffaw
First recorded in 1710–20; perhaps imitative
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How to use guffaw in a sentence
They guffawed that the EU might get the peace prize, but never the Nobel for economics or, indeed, for chemistry.The EU Won What?! Europe Reacts to Nobel|Tracy McNicoll|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"That's all right, old bangabout," said Abercrombie cordially, and the chorus guffawed their forgiveness.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
The fellow looked sheepish, the girl's face was aflame and the tears stood in her eyes, yet the crowd guffawed heartily.Robert Annys: Poor Priest|Annie Nathan Meyer
Not having the knowledge possessed by Owen, the man guffawed loudly, indicating the gunman.The Range Boss|Charles Alden Seltzer
The commander guffawed loudly, and, with a parting salute to the ladies, turned on his heel and disappeared up the companionway.By Right of Conquest|Arthur Hornblow
"Ah, Bob's the boy for teaching you that," guffawed the mill owner.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes|Israel Zangwill
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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