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 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 The two sisters gave each other sideways glances and began to chuckle. Idrissa Simmonds, Wired, 19 May 2021 Viewers currently paying college tuition may chuckle. John Anderson, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 She’ll chuckle, shrug and jokingly blame it on the wind. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 That came through when members of the organization couldn’t help but chuckle while talking to recently about the lengthy injury list heading into Monday’s game against the Toronto Raptors. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 Three months later, Campbell, now the Pac-12 freshman/newcomer of the year and the first UCLA freshman to win an individual conference title since Kyla Ross, can chuckle at the mishap. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 While more than a million people in Kentucky have filed for unemployment since the pandemic hit, McConnell may just continue to take vacations and chuckle it off. Elly Belle,, 13 Oct. 2020 As Sexton’s 3-point bombs continued to bury Brooklyn late, Irving couldn’t help but chuckle and smile. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2021 How very French, their British cousins might chuckle. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2020

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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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Last Updated

23 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Chuckle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chuckle

: to laugh in a quiet way


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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