Saturday, July 9, 2011


Suggested by Adriana S.

Definition: (from
1. a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter
-verb (used without object)
2. to laugh loudly and boisterously

"Her tendency to guffaw when nervous has ruined a fair number of first dates."
"The comedian had a hearty guffaw at one of his jokes to make up for the silence from the audience."

Origin: (from
"1720, Scottish, probably imitative of the sound of coarse laughter. Cf. gawf (early 16c.) 'loud, noisy laugh.' The verb is from 1721."

Awkwardness rating: 6

We are guffawing with you, not at you - maybe. (

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