chuck·le | \ ˈchə-kᵊl \
chuckled; chuckling; chuckles

Definition of chuckle 

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 sense 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

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Other words from chuckle

chuckle noun
chucklesome \-səm \ adjective
chucklingly \-iŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of chuckle in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of chuckle

circa 1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chuckle

probably frequentative of chuck entry 1

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The first known use of chuckle was circa 1770

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English Language Learners Definition of chuckle

: to laugh in a quiet way


chuck·le | \ ˈchə-kəl \
chuckled; chuckling

Kids Definition of chuckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to laugh in a quiet way



Kids Definition of chuckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low quiet laugh

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