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chortle

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verb chor·tle \ˈchȯr-təl\

Simple Definition of chortle

  • : to laugh because you are amused or pleased by something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chortle

chortled

chortling

play \ˈchȯrt-liŋ, ˈchȯr-təl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sing or chant exultantly <he chortled in his joy — Lewis Carroll>

  3. 2 :  to laugh or chuckle especially in satisfaction or exultation

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to say or sing with a chortling intonation

chortle

noun

chortler

play \ˈchȯrt-lər, ˈchȯr-təl-ər\ noun

Examples of chortle in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of chortle

probably blend of chuckle and snort


First Known Use: 1872

Rhymes with chortle


CHORTLE Defined for Kids

chortle

play
verb chor·tle \ˈchȯr-təl\

Definition of chortle for Students

chortled

chortling

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





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