haw-haw

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variant of ha-ha:2

haw-haw

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noun

(ˈ)hȯ¦hȯ
plural -s
: a deep or especially loud boisterous laugh : guffaw

haw-haw

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intransitive verb

"
-ed/-ing/-s
: to laugh in haw-haws : guffaw

haw-haw

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adjective

ˈhȯ¦hȯ
: marked by or given to the use of frequent haws as a habit or affectation of speech often associated with a southern British upper-class speech
that famous haw-haw English accent J. B. Priestley
a kind of haw-haw way of talking Clements Ripley

Word History

Etymology

Noun

imitative

Adjective

reduplication of haw entry 4

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“Haw-haw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haw-haw. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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