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

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But there are subtle—and detectable—differences in our guffaws with friends. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Babies Know the Difference between the Laughter of Friends and Strangers," 1 July 2019 People in the waiting room would hear muffled guffaws and raucous laughter seeping from the examination room and be left wondering what the hell was going on. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Gerry Doyle healed more than bodies. He healed souls," 27 June 2019 Laughter sometimes set it off, especially raucous guffaws that the detector apparently mistook for belligerent shouts. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students," 25 June 2019 Local guffaw nuts can hit up the annual jape show that is the Orlando Comedy Festival (6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, Hilton Garden Inn at SeaWorld, 6850 Westwood Blvd. in Orlando, $20-$35, orlandocomedyfestival.com). Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Experimental theater gets the spotlight in Central Florida," 19 June 2019 But despite frequent guffaws from the opening-night audience, the suave savoir-faire that is associated with the inimitable British playwright/actor is in short supply here. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre," 12 June 2019 In 2011, the giant 5.3-inch display on the Galaxy Note was met with guffaws in tech circles. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018 For most of the game, though, the focus is on navigating increasingly long levels and perfecting your score rather than working toward the next guffaw-worthy moment. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games," 12 July 2018 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

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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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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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