guffaw

noun
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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Other Words from guffaw

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 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, NOLA.com, 2 Oct. 2020 There were guffaws until the camera turned elsewhere. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, 18 May 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, Detroit Free Press, 9 Jan. 2020 Here, the skill levels fall somewhere between the breathtaking innovations of Top Chef and the guffaw-inducing monstrosities of Nailed It. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Mar. 2020 The family dynamic extends to teasing and disagreements, too, and watching the guys fact-check each other in real time garnered belly laughs and guffaws from the Tribeca audience. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, 26 Apr. 2019 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, 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, 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, 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of guffaw

1720, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guffaw

imitative

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“Guffaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guffaw. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for guffaw

guffaw

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

Kids Definition of guffaw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a burst of loud laughter

guffaw

verb
guffawed; guffawing

Kids Definition of guffaw (Entry 2 of 2)

: to laugh noisily

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