A guffaw is a belly laugh: a laugh that bubbles up with good feeling and plenty of volume. At the end of a stressful day of work, it’s good to have some guffaws with your friends.

Guffaw operates just like the word laugh: you can give a guffaw, or you can guffaw. It comes from the Scottish word gawf, which is onomatopoetic, meaning that it’s spelled the way it sounds. Imagine a big happy Scotsman snorting "gawf, gawf, gawf" at the end of a joke, and you’ll know what a guffaw is. Refined ladies and gentlemen don’t guffaw––and are much the worse for it.

Definitions of guffaw

n a burst of deep loud hearty laughter

belly laugh
Type of:
laugh, laughter
the sound of laughing

v laugh boisterously

laugh loudly
Type of:
express joy, express mirth, laugh
produce laughter

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