Simple Definition of chuckle
: to laugh in a quiet way
Full Definition of chuckle
1 : to laugh inwardly or quietly
2 : to make a continuous gentle sound resembling suppressed mirth <the clear bright water chuckled over gravel — B. A. Williams>
Examples of chuckle
She chuckled at the memory of what he had said.
<everyone dutifully chuckled at the professor's intended jokes>
Origin of chuckle
probably frequentative of 1chuck
First Known Use: circa 1770
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