chortle

play
verb chor·tle \ ˈchȯr-tᵊl \

Definition of chortle

chortled; chortling play \ˈchȯrt-liŋ, ˈchȯr-tᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
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.
transitive verb
:to say or sing with a chortling intonation
  • "nothing whatever to worry about," he chortled merrily
  • —Kevin Myers

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

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Origin and Etymology of chortle

probably blend of chuckle and snort


CHORTLE Defined for English Language Learners

chortle

play
verb

Definition of chortle for English Language Learners

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


CHORTLE Defined for Kids

chortle

play
verb chor·tle \ ˈchȯr-tᵊl \

Definition of chortle for Students

chortled; chortling
:to chuckle in amusement or joy
  • He chortled with delight.


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