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

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Other Words from giggle


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

Examples of giggle in a Sentence


She giggled like a little kid. We were all joking and giggling nervously as we waited for the ceremony to begin.


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During last Saturday’s 4 p.m. performance, the kids in the audience got to giggling when the long-bearded Hara camped it up as the Stepmother. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "Arden's 'Snow White': seven dwarfs in 60 seconds, and a new way for kids to see themselves," 10 Apr. 2018 Though the staff giggled at my terrible accent, everyone seemed to appreciate the effort. Nicole Pajer, SELF, "What I Wish I’d Known Before Dealing With a Medical Emergency While Traveling Abroad," 15 Apr. 2019 At this point, Blake Shelton, Adam, John, and the entire audience were all giggling at her reaction. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine Bonded Over the Grossest Habit," 17 Mar. 2019 The panel – which included the newest cast member Ana Navarro — couldn't stop giggling when Joy started to recall her encounter. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Host Joy Behar Stops Show Over Hilarious Photo Dispute With Fans," 5 Nov. 2018 Design by Morgan McMullen Unlike smoking a joint, using CBD won’t leave you with a giggling fit or the munchies. Laurel Leicht, Marie Claire, "An Expert Answers All Your Questions About CBD," 26 Mar. 2019 All three returned to the table giggling and the segment continued normally. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Stars Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Walk Off Friday's Show," 14 Dec. 2018 In a 2012 video, below, the children can be heard giggling as Jen hands Jeremiah an earthworm. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 2: 'If Not Us, Who?'," 11 Dec. 2018 First, there was Prince Charles' 70th birthday party where the royals giggled over Prince Harry getting attacked by a bee. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles Have Almost Identical Cross Bracelets," 18 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tapper can get carried away with his lethal pyrotechnics: A gunfight scene in which toppling statues of George Armstrong Custer and Charles Lindbergh became deadly weapons gave me the giggles. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "CNN's Jake Tapper sizzles with 'The Hellfire Club,' his D.C.-set 1950s thriller," 24 Apr. 2018 Alicia Keys and James Corden Okay fine, this one is thrown in there just for giggles. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele, and Other Celebs Who Covered 'Shallow' From 'A Star Is Born'," 22 Feb. 2019 According to CBS News, the giggles did die down long enough for Trump to complete his thought. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Trump Bragged About His ‘Accomplishments' and the U.N. General Assembly Cracked Up," 25 Sep. 2018 As of late, an adorable and sometimes shocking and hilarious trend has given people the giggles and vicarious thrills of becoming a new pet parent. Saryn Chorney,, "Woman's Gender Reveal Trick Photo Shoot Surprises with Something Even Sweeter: New Puppy Pictures!," 24 May 2018 But then Jerry Seinfeld certainly comes off better than the rest of the men (Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K) who all giggle over using the n-word in this resurfaced video from 2011. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Can't Men Like Louis C.K. Accept Their Ideas Are Outdated?," 4 Jan. 2019 Joe asks New Krystal to go for a walk, and their conversation is mostly just giggles. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: All About Colton," 7 Aug. 2018 Either way, expect compliments and giggles over the cute little corns. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "Mexican Street Corn-inspired Baby Corn perfect for Fiesta," 30 Mar. 2018 Meghan Markle had a serious case of the giggles during a choir performance in Tonga today. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance in Tonga," 26 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of giggle

: to laugh in a nervous or childlike way


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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