Definition of guffaw in US English:

guffaw

noun

  • A loud and boisterous laugh.

    • ‘Harry greets the mix up with a guffaw of laughter.’
    • ‘The rest of the football jocks, all of whom are getting A's somehow, laugh their pitiful guffaws.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unable to control herself any longer, she started giggling, letting it cascade into a full blown guffaw.’
    • ‘I could hear Keith's loud guffaws through the cheers and whistles.’
    • ‘I don't think I ever let out a hearty guffaw, but I chuckled on a number of occasions.’
    • ‘There came a loud almost evil-sounding guffaw from behind them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such a remark ordinarily would deserve no more than a hearty guffaw.’
    • ‘You might hear some pretty loud guffaws on that one.’
    • ‘My suggestion that spying should be secret was met with a loud but friendly guffaw from an attendant.’
    • ‘True to her word, there were the unmistakable sound of Clark's hearty guffaws spilling into the room.’
    • ‘That drew a laugh, but not guffaws, from the editors.’
    • ‘Placing one arm akimbo, he laughed merrily, almost obnoxiously, and his father joined him with that deep jeering guffaw Wilfred loathed so desperately.’
    • ‘Isaiah and Gabe burst into loud guffaws of laughter, startling the hikers in front of us.’
    • ‘Coach Rams burst into loud guffaws of laughter.’
    • ‘This proposal was met with guffaws of laughter from the Labour-dominated committee, which included the then Coun Keith Thomson.’
    • ‘I nearly died in an eruption of guffaws when Mike tries to get Boo to laugh.’
    • ‘She paused before letting out a short but loud guffaw.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In response the dark guard howled out another guffaw.’
    • ‘They film him conducting ‘interviews’ with players in which the ‘questions’ seem composed entirely of hearty guffaws and backslaps.’
    • ‘And with that, he gave one final manic guffaw before disappearing in a puff of black smoke.’
    • ‘Thor gave a loud guffaw, and slapped the man on his shoulders.’
    • ‘My 7 year old brother was transfixed and I laughed my first genuine guffaws in a theater in a long time.’
    • ‘Rushing down a hallway she hears a burble of conversation and an occasional male guffaw, but as she enters the room utter silence descends.’
    • ‘I may have smiled, but I felt no chortle, snigger, or guffaw escape my throat.’
    • ‘I think I may be a little self absorbed (T hears guffaws of knowing laughter from various corners of the globe).’
    • ‘At that, the speaker releases a hearty guffaw, for this is the fruit of his ploy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A silence fell over the room followed by a loud guffaw.’
    • ‘It turned from a laugh into a guffaw; his face beat red with a tear brimming in his left eye.’
    • ‘The workers' hearty guffaws followed her as she went through the swarm of mice quickly.’
    • ‘Loud guffaws rent the air and before one wave of laughter could die another surged in.’
    • ‘He seemed to have heard her thoughts rather than her actual words, giving a hearty guffaw.’
    • ‘Suddenly the tension broke and loud guffaws shattered the silence.’
    • ‘More style than substance, he spends more time discussing his new suits or launching hearty guffaws than breaking down football teams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What was worse was that I recognized two of the loud guffaws.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The others guffawed loudly and I could hear them exchanging teasing blows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I laughed and guffawed at the irony of it, and even Verge did let forth a merry mirth-filled giggle.’
    • ‘The nearby surrounding crowd broke into a smattering of laughter, not to mention his buddies who all guffawed loudly.’
    • ‘Some were shouting angrily, some were talking loudly… and others were guffawing.’
    • ‘Inside my mother was still eating, and the men and girls next to our place were laughing and guffawing.’
    • ‘The Sheriff guffawed loudly at his own joke, though no one else joined in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Karl guffawed loudly, but covered it with a cough and rolled over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Randall guffawed loudly before returning his book to the bookshelf by his window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    laugh heartily, laugh loudly, roar with laughter, hoot with laughter, laugh uncontrollably
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Origin

Early 18th century (originally Scots): imitative.

Pronunciation

guffaw

/ɡəˈfô//ɡəˈfɔ/