- guffaw (n.) 1720, Scottish, probably imitative of the sound of coarse laughter. Cf. gawf (early 16c.) "loud, noisy laugh." The verb is from 1721. Related: Guffawed; guffawing.
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Guffaw — Guf*faw , n. A loud burst of laughter; a horse laugh. A hearty low guffaw. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
guffaw — [n] burst of laughter belly laugh, deep laugh, howl, howling, laughter, loud laugh, roar, shout, shriek, snort; concepts 77,185 … New thesaurus
guffaw — ► NOUN ▪ a loud and boisterous laugh. ► VERB ▪ laugh in such a way. ORIGIN imitative … English terms dictionary
guffaw — [gə fô′] n. [echoic] a loud, coarse burst of laughter vi. to laugh in this way SYN. LAUGH … English World dictionary
guffaw — UK [ɡəˈfɔː] / US [ɡəˈfɔ] verb [intransitive] Word forms guffaw : present tense I/you/we/they guffaw he/she/it guffaws present participle guffawing past tense guffawed past participle guffawed to laugh very loudly Derived word: guffaw UK / US noun … English dictionary
guffaw — n. 1) to emit, give, let out a guffaw 2) aloud guffaw * * * [gə fɔː] give let out a guffaw a loud guffaw to emit … Combinatory dictionary
guffaw — [[t]gʌfɔ͟ː[/t]] guffaws, guffawing, guffawed 1) N COUNT A guffaw is a very loud laugh. [mainly WRITTEN] He bursts into a loud guffaw. 2) VERB To guffaw means to laugh loudly. [mainly WRITTEN] As they guffawed loudly, the ticket collector arrived … English dictionary
guffaw — verb (I) to laugh loudly guffaw noun (C): A loud guffaw came from the back of the room. guidance / gaIdns/ noun (U) 1 help and advice given to someone about their work, education, personal life etc (+ on/about): I went to a career counselor for… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
guffaw — n. & v. n. a coarse or boisterous laugh. v. 1 intr. utter a guffaw. 2 tr. say with a guffaw. Etymology: orig. Sc.: imit … Useful english dictionary
guffaw — noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1720 a loud or boisterous burst of laughter • guffaw intransitive verb … New Collegiate Dictionary