Definition of guffaw in English:

guffaw

noun

  • A loud and boisterous laugh.

    • ‘Unable to control herself any longer, she started giggling, letting it cascade into a full blown guffaw.’
    • ‘My suggestion that spying should be secret was met with a loud but friendly guffaw from an attendant.’
    • ‘My 7 year old brother was transfixed and I laughed my first genuine guffaws in a theater in a long time.’
    • ‘What was worse was that I recognized two of the loud guffaws.’
    • ‘A silence fell over the room followed by a loud guffaw.’
    • ‘I could hear Keith's loud guffaws through the cheers and whistles.’
    • ‘Placing one arm akimbo, he laughed merrily, almost obnoxiously, and his father joined him with that deep jeering guffaw Wilfred loathed so desperately.’
    • ‘I may have smiled, but I felt no chortle, snigger, or guffaw escape my throat.’
    • ‘I nearly died in an eruption of guffaws when Mike tries to get Boo to laugh.’
    • ‘Rushing down a hallway she hears a burble of conversation and an occasional male guffaw, but as she enters the room utter silence descends.’
    • ‘There came a loud almost evil-sounding guffaw from behind them.’
    • ‘It turned from a laugh into a guffaw; his face beat red with a tear brimming in his left eye.’
    • ‘A raised eyebrow, loud guffaw, smirk or other facial expressions could all be banned in future political debate under rules proposed for the city council of the Californian city of Palo Alto.’
    • ‘In response the dark guard howled out another guffaw.’
    • ‘And with that, he gave one final manic guffaw before disappearing in a puff of black smoke.’
    • ‘That drew a laugh, but not guffaws, from the editors.’
    • ‘Whether overheard in a crowded restaurant, punctuating the enthusiastic chatter of friends, or as the noisy guffaws on a TV laugh track, laughter is a fundamental part of everyday life.’
    • ‘Thor gave a loud guffaw, and slapped the man on his shoulders.’
    • ‘The rest of the football jocks, all of whom are getting A's somehow, laugh their pitiful guffaws.’
    • ‘She paused before letting out a short but loud 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 in a loud or boisterous way.

    ‘both men guffawed at the remark’
    • ‘Randall guffawed loudly before returning his book to the bookshelf by his window.’
    • ‘The man guffawed loudly, slapping his hands on his obese legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Karl guffawed loudly, but covered it with a cough and rolled over.’
    • ‘Some were shouting angrily, some were talking loudly… and others were guffawing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The others guffawed loudly and I could hear them exchanging teasing blows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Inside my mother was still eating, and the men and girls next to our place were laughing and guffawing.’
    • ‘The nearby surrounding crowd broke into a smattering of laughter, not to mention his buddies who all guffawed loudly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Sheriff guffawed loudly at his own joke, though no one else joined in.’
    • ‘The bizarrely rich visitor guffawed loudly and strolled out the door.’
    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

/ɡəˈfô/