chuck·​le | \ ˈchə-kᵊl How to pronounce chuckle (audio) \
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

Other Words from chuckle

chuckle noun
chucklesome \ ˈchə-​kᵊl-​səm How to pronounce chuckle (audio) \ adjective
chucklingly \ ˈchə-​kᵊl-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce chuckle (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Some spectators at the trial began to chuckle after his remark. Jessica Wang,, 21 Apr. 2022 On the day that he was named the new head football coach, Lee Guess could only chuckle when reminded that the past two bosses at Pinson Valley won state championships in their first year. al, 24 Mar. 2022 Thirty-five years later, de Lancie can’t help but chuckle at the accuracy of the statement. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Mar. 2022 Maguire quickly bursts into a laugh, causing Garfield to also chuckle. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 15 Mar. 2022 One thrilling chase ends with a dead-end that screws over a villain, which said villain clarifies loudly so that the audience can chuckle. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2022 Now, more than ever, make sure to take the time to chuckle at the silliness of it all. Tony Nitti, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 On TikTok, her clip has turned into a meme for the Great Resignation, drawing reactions both from users who chuckle at Reid’s misfortune and those who admire her resolve. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 It’s marketed at adults, who may ruefully chuckle at its Gen-Z characters’ antics. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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chuck it (all) in



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11 May 2022

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“Chuckle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for chuckle


chuck·​le | \ ˈchə-kəl How to pronounce chuckle (audio) \
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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