Definition of guffaw in English:

guffaw

noun

  • A loud and hearty laugh.

    • ‘Isaiah and Gabe burst into loud guffaws of laughter, startling the hikers in front of us.’
    • ‘Loud guffaws rent the air and before one wave of laughter could die another surged in.’
    • ‘I don't think I ever let out a hearty guffaw, but I chuckled on a number of occasions.’
    • ‘More style than substance, he spends more time discussing his new suits or launching hearty guffaws than breaking down football teams.’
    • ‘This proposal was met with guffaws of laughter from the Labour-dominated committee, which included the then Coun Keith Thomson.’
    • ‘At that, the speaker releases a hearty guffaw, for this is the fruit of his ploy.’
    • ‘He seemed to have heard her thoughts rather than her actual words, giving a hearty guffaw.’
    • ‘I think I may be a little self absorbed (T hears guffaws of knowing laughter from various corners of the globe).’
    • ‘You might hear some pretty loud guffaws on that one.’
    • ‘Such a remark ordinarily would deserve no more than a hearty guffaw.’
    • ‘Bleak as the film is, there is occasional respite in the script, drawing wry smiles rather than hearty guffaws.’
    • ‘Those looking for more meaning here than silly belly laughs and guffaws are bound to be disappointed.’
    • ‘They film him conducting ‘interviews’ with players in which the ‘questions’ seem composed entirely of hearty guffaws and backslaps.’
    • ‘Suddenly the tension broke and loud guffaws shattered the silence.’
    • ‘True to her word, there were the unmistakable sound of Clark's hearty guffaws spilling into the room.’
    • ‘Coach Rams burst into loud guffaws of laughter.’
    • ‘Harry greets the mix up with a guffaw of laughter.’
    • ‘The workers' hearty guffaws followed her as she went through the swarm of mice quickly.’
    • ‘The sergeant, getting a pair of scissors, soon freed the car from its encumbrance, upon which the householder and the lodgers burst into loud guffaws of laughter.’
    • ‘You just thought that the red-headed lady with the corny song was funny, and deserving not only of a quiet chuckle, the restrained acknowledgment of tragicomedy, but of a hearty guffaw.’
    hearty laugh, loud laugh, roar of laughter, hoot of laughter, shriek of laughter, peal of laughter, belly laugh
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Laugh loudly and heartily.

    ‘both men guffawed at the remark’
    • ‘And I laughed and guffawed at the irony of it, and even Verge did let forth a merry mirth-filled giggle.’
    • ‘And then she has to meet the right man and go on dates and fall in love before being engaged for at least a year and then her gorgeous young guy zooms into the room, guffawing like a teenager, riding the scooter he gave her as a gift.’
    • ‘Inside my mother was still eating, and the men and girls next to our place were laughing and guffawing.’
    • ‘I did, however, see them tittering, shrieking, guffawing and hooting with laughter at the madcap slapstick that has become the trademark of these two spiky-haired, South Yorkshire clowns.’
    • ‘The man guffawed loudly, slapping his hands on his obese legs.’
    • ‘The Sheriff guffawed loudly at his own joke, though no one else joined in.’
    • ‘Her husband, also a film star, most laid back, most charming and who I was meeting for the first time, guffawed loudly and candidly acted out an impromptu spiel for me.’
    • ‘Then a strange bloke started to hover near us (not literally although that would have been fun!) and every time I laughed he quietly guffawed.’
    • ‘Randall guffawed loudly before returning his book to the bookshelf by his window.’
    • ‘As you sit in a small, black theatre watching a contemporary dance piece, the woman beside you sighs with knowing delight, while the man behind you heartily guffawed about five minutes ago, but who knows why?’
    • ‘The bizarrely rich visitor guffawed loudly and strolled out the door.’
    • ‘Some were shouting angrily, some were talking loudly… and others were guffawing.’
    • ‘She guffawed quite loudly, and then continued forth with several high-pitched giggles.’
    • ‘I guffawed to the point of strangers asking what I was laughing at.’
    • ‘We'd sit around the magazine guffawing at the ludicrous stories that kept sprouting, but belief in shadowy neocon influence has now hardened into common knowledge.’
    • ‘They roared, guffawed, bantered, clinked glasses, made oafish attempts to chat up the waitress, and roared a bit more when one managed to get a fraction bit more of her attention than anyone else.’
    • ‘The nearby surrounding crowd broke into a smattering of laughter, not to mention his buddies who all guffawed loudly.’
    • ‘The others guffawed loudly and I could hear them exchanging teasing blows.’
    • ‘On a typical evening, one can see U.S. soldiers smoking from 4-foot-tall hookahs and security contractors guffawing over beer, their machine guns by their sides.’
    • ‘Karl guffawed loudly, but covered it with a cough and rolled over.’
    laugh heartily, laugh loudly, roar with laughter, hoot with laughter, laugh uncontrollably
    roar, bellow, cackle, howl
    laugh like a drain
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Origin

Early 18th century (originally Scots): imitative.

Pronunciation:

guffaw

/ɡəˈfɔː/