: to sing or chant exultantly
he chortled in his joy—Lewis Carroll
: to laugh or chuckle especially when amused or pleased
She chortled with delight.
: to say or sing with a chortling intonation
"… nothing whatever to worry about," he chortled merrily.—Kevin Myers
: a laugh or chuckle expressing pleasure or amusement
I hear a catbird's bubbling notes, sounding like the bird is half strangling itself to get them out, the rapid-tonguing chortle of a red-bellied woodpecker …—John P. Wiley, Jr. The grin escalates into a chuckle, the chuckle to a chortle.—Robert Palm
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