guf·​faw (ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ How to pronounce guffaw (audio)
: a loud or boisterous burst of laughter
Her remark sparked guffaws around the room.
guffaw intransitive verb

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Example Sentences

managed to keep a straight face for a minute before he let loose with a loud guffaw
Recent Examples on the Web For those not on automatic guffaw, the laughter builds upon reflection. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 The distinctive Blain-Cruz guffaw doesn’t always punctuate obvious jokes. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Between every one-liner and guffaw, Gutowitz delivers not just herself, but universal truths everyone can relate to. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 That grin is a smirk, a freeze-frame guffaw, and a snicker of contempt all at the same time. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 20 Mar. 2022 Adele does the opposite, opting to be cloaked in chic pantsuits and glamorous gowns and guffaw and clown in public in an adorably endearing manner. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 Gravity-defying Clint is side-lighted by a window, somewhat deferential to big brother but more animated and quick to guffaw. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Marrow-Lyn Monroe, Scary Potter, TromBONE Shorty, Boo Brees and Napoleon Bone-apart have all appeared in Berger’s guffaw-inducing array of faux human remains. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, 2 Oct. 2020 There were guffaws until the camera turned elsewhere. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, 18 May 2020 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of guffaw was in 1720

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Cite this Entry

“Guffaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
guf·​faw ˌgə-ˈfȯ How to pronounce guffaw (audio)
: a burst of loud laughter


2 of 2 verb
guffawed; guffawing
: to laugh noisily

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