guffaw

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Probably onomatopoetic.

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guffaw (plural guffaws)

  1. A boisterous laugh
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Chapter II
      On opening the little door, two hairy monsters flew at my throat, bearing me down, and extinguishing the light; while a mingled guffaw from Heathcliff and Hareton put the copestone on my rage and humiliation.
    • 1906, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Nigel, ch. xx,
      He walked to the edge and they heard his hoarse guffaw of laughter as the arrows clanged and clattered against his impenetrable mail.
    • 1936, Robert E. Howard, The Hour of the Dragon, ch. 15,
      He heaved up with a sulfurous curse, braced his legs and glared about him, with a burst of coarse guffaws in his ears and the reek of unwashed bodies in his nostrils.

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guffaw (third-person singular simple present guffaws, present participle guffawing, simple past and past participle guffawed)

  1. (intransitive) To laugh boisterously.

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