chuckle

verb
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

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Other Words from chuckle

chuckle noun
chucklesome \ ˈchə-​kᵊl-​səm How to pronounce chucklesome (audio) \ adjective
chucklingly \ ˈchə-​kᵊl-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce chucklingly (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

Marvel Zombies chuckles as Spider-Man eats Aunt May and a familiar set of costumed heroes murder everyone on the planet. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, President Trump chuckles with glee knowing that the story will always be about the red dot and not the substance of the activity. WSJ, "Press Too Often Rises to the President’s Tweeted Bait," 12 Nov. 2018 That prompted chuckles that rang from the vaulted arches inside the Washington National Cathedral. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell," 5 Dec. 2018 Bear has been working for himself as a professional musician for nearly a decade, having studied graphic design in school; freelancers and office workers alike will chuckle at his compact desk space and exercise ball turned chair. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Watch Toro y Moi Embrace Normcore Style (Including Tevas!) in His New Music Video," 23 Oct. 2018 Watch The Black Eyed Peas singer's two-and-a-half-minute version was met with derision, chuckles and outright laughter. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Watch: Pop singer Fergie's disastrous national anthem during NBA All-Star game," 19 Feb. 2018 The audience — which included many leaders from other countries who were listening to a translation through headphones — began to chuckle. Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Iran's Rouhani: US headed into isolation after UN meeting," 27 Sep. 2018 Jenner chuckled and refused to answer the question. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Kris Jenner Engaged To Corey Gamble?," 8 Aug. 2018 At one point, some of the saltier remarks caused Brennan to chuckle with mild embarrassment and drop his napkin over my iPhone, which was recording the conversation. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for chuckle

chuckle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chuckle

: to laugh in a quiet way

chuckle

verb
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

chuckle

noun

Kids Definition of chuckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low quiet laugh

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