verb chor·tle \ˈchr-təl\

: to laugh because you are amused or pleased by something

chor·tledchor·tling \ˈchrt-liŋ, ˈchr-təl-iŋ\

Full Definition of CHORTLE

intransitive verb
:  to sing or chant exultantly <he chortled in his joy — Lewis Carroll>
:  to laugh or chuckle especially in satisfaction or exultation
transitive verb
:  to say or sing with a chortling intonation
chortle noun
chor·tler \ˈchrt-lər, ˈchr-təl-ər\ noun

Examples of CHORTLE

  1. He chortled, You're going to love this.
  2. <audiences might chortle gently during the movie's amusing bits, but there are few knee-slappers>

Origin of CHORTLE

probably blend of chuckle and snort
First Known Use: 1872

Rhymes with CHORTLE

CHORTLE Defined for Kids


verb chor·tle \ˈchr-təl\

Definition of CHORTLE for Kids

:  to chuckle in amusement or joy <He chortled with delight.>


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