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



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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