A Word A Day : Guffaw
Sunday, 27th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
Past and past participle : guffawed
Present participle : guffawing
3rd person present singular : guffaws
( Verb & Noun )
Pronunciation : ga-fáw
1. to laugh loudly and raucously
2. To express amusement, mirth or scorn by smiling and emitting loud, inarticulate sounds
3. To express great amusement or mirth
4. a loud and raucous laugh
Origin : 1710–20
cachinnation, cackle, laugh, laughter, laugh loudly, express joy, express mirth, laugh
• Stolypin gave a deep bass guffaw
as he munched a piece of bread and cheese.
• There was one of a German music teacher who had a room above Cellini's lodg- ings in the city of Milan that made the boys guffaw
• The headmaster glared amicably at the two children, filling them with fear by the roar of his voice, and then with a guffaw
: Past Tense
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