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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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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Blonde Soph is rash and hot-tempered with a distinct guffaw that sounds like that of a college frat boy. Matthew Gault, Time, "Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review: Grab a Pal and Fight Some Nazis," 12 Aug. 2019 But there may be more laughs — outright guffaws, even! — than punches . . Chuck Yarborough,, "Dwayne Johnson taps his heritage and a gift for trash-talking for hilarious ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’," 31 July 2019 Next to him, Orel Hershiser’s giggle had turned to a guffaw. Jack Harriswriter, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers broadcasters Orel Hershiser and Joe Davis became fast friends," 20 July 2019 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,, "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, Trevor Fraser,, "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

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First Known Use of guffaw

1720, in the meaning defined above

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

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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