[guh-faw, guh-]


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

Examples from the Web for guffawed

Contemporary Examples of guffawed

Historical Examples of guffawed

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for guffawed



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 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