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

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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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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“Guffaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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guf·​faw (ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ How to pronounce guffaw (audio)
: a loud burst of laughter
guffaw verb

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