Part of speech: noun
Origin: Scottish, early 18th century
A loud and boisterous laugh.
Examples of Guffaw in a sentence
"Kevin let out a loud, spontaneous guffaw."
"The comedian let out a guffaw at his own joke."
Popularity Over Time
This word originated in Scotland and was likely imitative of the sound of coarse laughter.
Did you Know?
“Guffaw” can also be used as an intransitive verb. For instance, “The group guffawed loudly.” Or “When she guffaws, it always makes him smile.”