A Word A Day : Guffaw



Sunday, 27th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Guffaw



Past and past participle : guffawed
Present participle : guffawing
3rd person present singular : guffaws


( Verb & Noun )



Pronunciation : ga-fáw


Definition:



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


Etymology:


Origin : 1710–20


Synonyms:


cachinnation, cackle, laugh, laughter, laugh loudly, express joy, express mirth, laugh


Antonyms:


smile



Contextual Examples:


• 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 left them.


Related Words:


guffawed : Past Tense


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