[guh-faw, guh-] /gʌˈfɔ, gə-/

a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter.
verb (used without object)
to laugh loudly and boisterously.
a crude and boisterous laugh
to laugh crudely and boisterously or express (something) in this way

1720, Scottish, probably imitative of the sound of coarse laughter. Cf. gawf (early 16c.) “loud, noisy laugh.” The verb is from 1721. Related: Guffawed; guffawing.


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