guf·​faw | \ (ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ How to pronounce guffaw (audio) , ˈgə-ˌfȯ \

Definition of guffaw

: a loud or boisterous burst of laughter Her remark sparked guffaws around the room.

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guffaw \ (ˌ)gə-​ˈfȯ How to pronounce guffaw (audio) \ intransitive verb

Examples of guffaw in a Sentence

managed to keep a straight face for a minute before he let loose with a loud guffaw
Recent Examples on the Web Microphones above the table capture the vibrant mix of after-work gossip, clinking silverware and glasses, the guffaws of a raucous party nearby. Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020 Porter's big scene ⁠— when his character, Barrett, is dismissed over lunch ⁠— has all the groundwork for a guffaw but merely goes so far as seeing him strut dramatically out of the restaurant. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne can't elevate 'Like a Boss' to the C-suite," 8 Jan. 2020 The infantile, effusive and maybe even slightly sinister Pee-wee Herman, a character created by comedian Paul Reubens, made Americans guffaw. oregonlive, "Paul Reubens is taking ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ on road for 35th anniversary, with first stop in Portland," 9 Dec. 2019 That prompted some guffaws because the evidence then suggested otherwise. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh silences critics, at least for one night: 3 questions," 27 Oct. 2019 Comic moments that seem over-the-top to viewers steeped in the U.S. devotion to realism might not necessarily read that way to other theatergoers, whose shouts and guffaws reveal a fondness for the broader, more Latin American-style approach. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Young women shatter barriers with a joyous blast of music in ‘American Mariachi’," 20 Sep. 2019 In this era of political divisiveness, here’s something that could delightfully unite us in a good guffaw. The Christian Science Monitor, "Finding purpose and vocation," 19 Sep. 2019 But Rob Ashford’s original direction, revived from the 2013-14 season by Tara Faircloth in her Lyric directorial debut, went for guffaws and got them, in abundance. Howard Reich,, "Lyric Opera review: A wickedly funny ‘Barber of Seville’ begins season," 29 Sep. 2019 But even in this Erdogan-friendly district, a series of pledges by Yildirim — including a subsidy of $1,400 for newlyweds and 10 gigabytes of free online data for every household — drew guffaws. Laura King,, "Repeat election for Istanbul mayor is a key test for Turkey’s authoritarian-minded president," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of guffaw

1720, in the meaning defined above

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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Guffaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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guf·​faw | \ ˌgə-ˈfȯ How to pronounce guffaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of guffaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a burst of loud laughter


guffawed; guffawing

Kids Definition of guffaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to laugh noisily

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