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guffaw

Line breaks: guf¦faw
Pronunciation: /ɡəˈfɔː
 
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Definition of guffaw in English:

noun

A loud and hearty laugh.
Example sentences
  • Bleak as the film is, there is occasional respite in the script, drawing wry smiles rather than hearty guffaws.
  • 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.
  • Such a remark ordinarily would deserve no more than a hearty guffaw.
Synonyms
hearty laugh, loud laugh, roar of laughter, hoot of laughter, shriek of laughter, peal of laughter, belly laugh

verb

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Laugh loudly and heartily: both men guffawed at the remark
More example sentences
  • 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?
  • 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.
Synonyms
laugh heartily, laugh loudly, roar with laughter, hoot with laughter, laugh uncontrollably;
roar, bellow, cackle, howl

Origin

early 18th century (originally Scots): imitative.

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