Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hee-haw n.

[the trad. transliteration of the donkey’s bray]

1. a donkey.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 545: mid-C.19–20.

2. (US, also hee-ho) loud, offensive laughter, esp. if scornful.

[UK]Sporting Times 12 Jan. 5/4: The hee-haw, or the guffaw [...] may suit some people, but for brightening the world [...] give us the giggling girls.
[US]Ade More Fables in Sl. (1960) 180: They paid no Attention except to give him the Rowdy Hee-Ho when they saw him.
[US]S, Paige Pitchin’ Man 51: [T]he folk there began givin’ Bismarck the hee-haw.
[US]L. Rosten Dear ‘Herm’ 147: Which gives me a hee-haw on account he never wore a pair of boots in his life.

3. derision, nonsense.

[Aus](con. 1830s–60s) ‘Miles Franklin’ All That Swagger 322: I met a man out in the Never Never – fellow with a university education – talked real hee-haw like the old parson.
[US]T. Thursday ‘Movie Stuff’ in Detective Story Apr. 🌐 The great detective always winds up behind the big hee-haw.
[UK]H. Livings Nil Carborundum (1963) Act II: You’re the one that’s been giving off all the heehaw about the system.

4. in pl. the testicles.

[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 10: A hairy ersehole wi a pair ay hee-haws dangling under it [...] just disnae dae it fir the Juice felly here.