gig·​gle | \ ˈgi-gəl How to pronounce giggle (audio) \
giggled; giggling\ ˈgi-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce giggle (audio) \

Definition of giggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to laugh with repeated short catches of the breath

transitive verb

: to utter with a giggle



Definition of giggle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of giggling
2 chiefly British : a source of amusement

Other Words from giggle


giggler \ ˈgi-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce giggle (audio) \ noun
gigglingly \ ˈgi-​g(ə-​)liŋ-​lē How to pronounce giggle (audio) \ adverb
giggly \ ˈgi-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce giggle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of giggle in a Sentence

Verb She giggled like a little kid. We were all joking and giggling nervously as we waited for the ceremony to begin. Noun poking fun at the royal family is nothing new, but this movie comedy has a few giggles you haven't heard before couldn't help but giggle at his remark
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The piece can get so big and booming that when the occasional quiet melody breaks through you almost giggle. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 11 June 2022 On April 27, Kaavia's parents posted a video of the mother-daughter duo for the toddler's almost 2 million Instagram fans to giggle over. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 28 Apr. 2022 Students and Rollins staff members came in droves to the campus greenroom starting Monday to gawk, giggle and hold their noses up at the putrid-smelling flower. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Even those who don’t typically gravitate toward anime will find plenty to giggle at here. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Even those who don’t typically gravitate toward anime will find plenty to giggle at here. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 21 Dec. 2021 Well, certainly knowledge of the seminal NBC comedy is necessary to be amused by the new show, which spends at least its first hour dropping references and counting on people to giggle in recognition. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2022 Kids rhapsodize about bug-eyed dolls with raspy mini boom boxes inside them, light-up teapots that giggle out tinny tunes. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 4 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, the friends’ sense of humor keeps things light, and gives the film an excuse to giggle occasionally about L.A. stereotypes like the woo-woo yoga instructor asking about their past lives. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new volume delivers another juicy mystery, bursting with gasp-worthy twists and giggle-worthy jokes. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 June 2022 There were multiple giggle-eruption jokes about the freaking Holocaust, and an all-night cancer walk managed to be moving and hilarious. Darren Franich,, 21 June 2022 First, the shyness from the little girl, then the tiny wave and finally a giggle, like the two of them just shared a joke somewhere between the organic blueberries and bulk banana chips. Kendra Meinert, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 Even teens will have trouble resisting the silly, giggle-inducing task of trying to hit a wobbly water balloon with a plastic bat. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 So do his various unsettling mannerisms — including a giggle that is pure nightmare fuel. Lauren Huff,, 13 May 2022 At its most charitable interpretation, this word evokes an infantilizing giggle. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 Then, after a slight giggle, the training kicked in. Seamus Mcavoy,, 23 Mar. 2022 Two 8-year-old girls, Emily Narozhna and Angelina Galstian, giggle nearby. Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of giggle


1509, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for giggle


gig·​gle | \ ˈgi-gəl How to pronounce giggle (audio) \
giggled; giggling

Kids Definition of giggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to laugh with repeated short high childlike sounds



Kids Definition of giggle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light silly laugh

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