guffaw

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v guffaw laugh boisterously
    • n guffaw a burst of deep loud hearty laughter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Guffaw A loud burst of laughter; a horse laugh. "A hearty low guffaw ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • guffaw To laugh loudly and coarsely or rudely.
    • n guffaw A loud, rude burst of laughter; a horse-laugh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Guffaw guf-faw′ to laugh loudly
    • n Guffaw a loud laugh
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Usage

In literature:

He gave a short guffaw, and resumed his cigar.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
His myrmidons, relieved from the tension, exploded in a malicious guffaw.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The man nearest him guffawed immoderately.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The negroes guffawed in delight, the hounds bayed again till the hills echoed.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
He never shrieks or guffaws: there is no horse-play in him, just as there is no tearing a passion to tatters.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
I guffawed at the idea of there being anything to admire in them.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
It is pardonable not to laugh at what is amusing, but sudden guffaws at bad jokes is the test of a true sense of humour.
"My Impresssions of America" by Margot Asquith
The ladies tittered and the men guffawed.
"A Little Garrison" by Fritz von der Kyrburg
Sir Daniel laughed a guffaw.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Then he lay back with a wheezy guffaw.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
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In poetry:

Tom gave a guffaw,
And Ted roared a "haw-haw";
But soon their diversion was turned into awe,
For old Schoolmaster Jones was angry, they saw.
"The Rhyme Of Triangular Tommy" by Carolyn Wells
But lang Tam Cringan lauched an' lauched,
An' said, wi' a lood guffaw,
"It's an auld wife's story to fricht the bairns,
As a bogle frichts a craw."
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
'Oh! Jesus Christ! I'm hit,' he said; and died.
Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
The Bullets chirped-In vain, vain, vain!
Machine-guns chuckled,-Tut-tut! Tut-tut!
And the Big Gun guffawed.
"The Last Laugh" by Wilfred Owen

In news:

President Obama made the biggest guffaw of his reign last week when he attacked entrepreneurs who built their own businesses from the ground up.
The Onion, a satirical news Web site and newspaper known for its ability to elicit peals of laughter, isn't getting too many guffaws on this one.
Biden, Ryan, guffaw, roll eyes, talk down to each other to signal fact-checking in debate.
The first episode of Vag Magazine, a six-part web series, has debuted online–and even though we're in the line of comedic fire, we're grinning, if not yet guffawing.
Once upon a time, that kind of positioning led to some guffaws.
Easily amuses without the big guffaws.
Hannah guffaws at the idea that there is someone else in Dexter 's brain, but the two are interrupted by Hannah's father, Clint.
Not that they're a pair of gals that frequently gives shits, generally speaking, but local caterwauling guffaw-country duo Birdcloud didn't let the recent dismissal of their "Saving Myself for Jesus" from YouTube slow down their video roll.
And though it might be tempting to slap our knees and guffaw over the utter stupidity of Akin, Yoder and Head, it is worth pausing to reflect on what happens when extremist elements grab power.
Few guffaws in 'America Hurrah '.
If you're tempted to throw back your head and guffaw when you hear the word "negotiation" linked with "Congress" and "fiscal cliff," please, don't hesitate.
'The Campaign' out just in time for more pre-election guffaws.
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain drew applause and guffaws by referring to Nancy Pelosi as " Princess Nancy" during a debate last week.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are Comedy Central's twin guffaw Brokaws, but Tom Rhodes was their anonymous antecedent.
But she is winning over senators anyway – by drawing giggles, laughs and even some outright guffaws from the lawmakers.
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