gig·​gle | \ ˈgi-gəl \
giggled; giggling\ -​g(ə-​)liŋ \

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 \ noun
gigglingly \ ˈgi-​g(ə-​)liŋ-​lē \ adverb
giggly \ ˈgi-​g(ə-​)lē \ 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

The mom-to-be laughed and wiped away tears, often turning to husband Prince Harry to giggle at the song. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Laughed So Hard She Cried During a Choir Performance in Tonga," 26 Oct. 2018 Jaycee was just starting to develop a personality, giggling and laughing and smiling. Mike Argento, USA TODAY, "Parents hope baby girl's sudden death helps others live," 6 Apr. 2018 Urban posted a video from home to thank the fans with Kidman giggling in the background, still clearly overcome with happiness over her husband's win. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Broke Down in Tears During His CMA Awards Speech for Entertainer of the Year," 15 Nov. 2018 Babies often respond to art by giggling or kicking their feet, and docents decide which exhibits to show them based on their reactions. Polya Lesova, WSJ, "At Museum ‘Stroller Tours,’ Babies Cry, Nap and Admire Kandinsky," 23 Apr. 2018 Daniel was over in the corner kind of giggling through this and laughing at my ineptitude. Nina Metz,, "My worst moment: 'Westworld's' Jeffrey Wright and a last-minute schedule change," 22 May 2018 Even though the 11-month-old appeared to be mid-snooze, that didn't stop the tiny celebrity from adorably giggling and smiling at the camera during a video, eliciting an equally giddy response from Jenner. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Kylie Jenner Relaxes With Baby Stormi in Adorable New Photos," 24 Apr. 2018 After about a half hour of sipping, sniffing, giggling, and more sipping, the scent combos emerge: spearmint and white wine, oatmeal and white linen, hot fudge and vanilla. Elizabeth Wellington,, "How your nose might lead you to your next girl's night out | Elizabeth Wellington," 10 Apr. 2018 During the impromptu game of dress-up, Günbatti's fiefdom is alive with giggling. Olivia Wells, Town & Country, "Secrets of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar," 14 Jan. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Kate and Camilla are trying to hide giggles under their hats. Meagan Fredette,, "The Breakout Star Of The Royal Wedding Was Bishop Michael Curry's Fire Speech," 19 May 2018 More surprises, more adventure, more opportunities to grow, more days filled with giggles and cheeky jokes, more delicious meals, and more inspiration. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "On Meghan Markle's Birthday, She Always Wishes for This One Thing," 3 Aug. 2018 The royal family is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force today, and although the festivities are formal and grand, there was wiggle room to sneak a few giggles—at least according to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Catches Prince William Laughing in Westminster Abbey," 10 July 2018 Every year on their anniversary, the couple watches their wedding day DVD and giggle at the simplicity of the affair. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Couples married before 'Pinterest age' set to renew vows in farewell to Winter Park civic center," 12 July 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 \
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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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