Definition of chortle
chortlingplay \ˈchȯrt-liŋ, ˈchȯr-təl-iŋ\
1 : to sing or chant exultantly he chortled in his joy — Lewis Carroll
2 : 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
chortlerplay \ˈchȯrt-lər, ˈchȯr-təl-ər\ noun
Examples of chortle in a Sentence
He chortled, “You're going to love this.”
audiences might chortle gently during the movie's amusing bits, but there are few knee-slappers
Recent Examples of chortle from the Web
Who else but the witty, brilliant playwright could get audiences chortling at the mention of Bauhaus, Albert Speer, Mies Van Der Rohe, Nietzsche and Ayn Rand hero Howard Roark?
While much attention is paid to audience chortles, the laughter of the stand-up comic remains underexamined, despite being a critical part of the performer’s tool set.
Old media chortled at stumbling by a paragon of big data.
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Origin and Etymology of chortle
probably blend of chuckle and snort
First Known Use: 1872See Words from the same year
CHORTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chortle for English Language Learners
: to laugh because you are amused or pleased by something
CHORTLE Defined for Kids
Definition of chortle for Students
: to chuckle in amusement or joy He chortled with delight.
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