chuckle


chuck·le

verb \ˈchə-kəl\

: to laugh in a quiet way

chuck·ledchuck·ling

Full Definition of CHUCKLE

intransitive verb
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>
chuckle noun
chuck·le·some \-səm\ adjective
chuck·ling·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CHUCKLE

  1. She chuckled at the memory of what he had said.
  2. <everyone dutifully chuckled at the professor's intended jokes>

Origin of CHUCKLE

probably frequentative of 1chuck
First Known Use: circa 1770

Rhymes with CHUCKLE

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