guffaw

noun guf·faw \ (ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ , ˈgə-ˌfȯ \
|Updated on: 27 May 2018

Definition of guffaw

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

guffaw

play \(ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ\ intransitive verb

Examples of guffaw in a Sentence

  1. managed to keep a straight face for a minute before he let loose with a loud guffaw

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Origin and Etymology of guffaw

imitative

guffaw Synonyms


GUFFAW Defined for Kids

1

guffaw

noun guf·faw \ ˌgə-ˈfȯ \

Definition of guffaw for Students

: a burst of loud laughter

2

guffaw

verb

Definition of guffaw for Students

guffawed; guffawing
: to laugh noisily


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