chuckle

verb chuck·le \ ˈchə-kᵊl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of chuckle

chuckled; chuckling; chuckles
intransitive verb
1 :to laugh inwardly or quietly
  • He chuckled as he read the comic strip.
2 :to make a continuous gentle sound resembling suppressed (see suppress 5a) mirth
  • the clear bright water chuckled over gravel
  • —B. A. Williams
transitive verb
:to utter with a chuckle
  • Templeton grinned. "I'll tend to this," he chuckled. He took Wilbur's tail in his mouth and bit it …. The pain revived Wilbur.
  • —E. B. White

chuckle

noun

chucklesome

play \-səm\ adjective

chucklingly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of chuckle in a Sentence

  1. She chuckled at the memory of what he had said.

  2. everyone dutifully chuckled at the professor's intended jokes

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Origin and Etymology of chuckle

probably frequentative of 1chuck


CHUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners

chuckle

verb

Definition of chuckle for English Language Learners

  • : to laugh in a quiet way


CHUCKLE Defined for Kids

1

chuckle

verb chuck·le \ ˈchə-kəl \

Definition of chuckle for Students

chuckled; chuckling
:to laugh in a quiet way

2

chuckle

noun

Definition of chuckle for Students

:a low quiet laugh


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