guf·faw | \(ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ, 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 \ 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

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The Left and the Greens, in particular, have chosen to match some of the AfD’s tactics, issuing their own taunts and mocking guffaws. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "The far right is back in the German parliament, bringing taunts, insults and laughter," 8 June 2018 And to wince through the guffaws when Renee enters a bikini contest—a turn of events that the film portrays in cheeky slo-mo, as if the sight of its heroine’s exposed belly, disguised by neither clothing nor shame, is a joke all its own. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When Beauty Is a Troll," 22 Apr. 2018 The studio’s style is unmistakable: gore, guts and an over-the-top tone that draws gasps and guffaws. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Cult Movie Studio Troma Thrives on Gore and Guffaws," 30 Apr. 2018 Each one made her guffaw in her unique soprano Dolly way—kind of like a bird who doesn't take herself too seriously. Stephanie Dolgoff, Woman's Day, "3 Lies About Dolly Parton That Dolly Parton Thinks Are Hilarious," 26 Mar. 2014 My reluctant laugh and baby tears turn into guffaws and sobs. Alise Leslie, The Root, "Champion," 1 Apr. 2018 Upscale cars giggle and guffaw at drivers and passengers all the time. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "My Electronic Devices Are Laughing at Me," 22 Mar. 2018 Normally, if a curler was caught taking performance enhancing drugs, everyone would enjoy a good guffaw and move on. Sean Gregory/pyeongchang, Time, "An Olympic Doping Scandal in Curling — Yes, Curling — Could Have Big Consequences for Russia," 20 Feb. 2018 And perhaps the massive deficit-expanding GOP tax bill is too fresh a memory for Republicans to risk derisive guffaws by pretending to care about fiscal probity. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Missing From Trump’s Big Speech: Small Government," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of guffaw

1720, in the meaning defined above

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guf·faw | \ˌgə-ˈfȯ \

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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