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

Her audiences giggle delightedly, because the convention stated so casually in this context is unexpected. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "An aura of authority," 24 June 2019 And with that, with reporters giggling, the news conference was over. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Pacers have a winner in Goga Bitadze, but potential loser of a 2019-20 season," 21 June 2019 Give them a little bit of tequila, and Seth Meyers and Rihanna turn into giggling high schoolers armed with innuendos. Rachel Yang,, "Watch Rihanna give Seth Meyers a makeover and sex advice while day drinking on Late Night," 21 June 2019 Maybe those schoolgirls at that table are giggling about an impeccable French fruit tart instead of some silly boy. Andre Vergara,, "Four Hours: A kid-friendly guide to downtown Alhambra," 14 June 2019 The 22-month-old boy was ramming his toy lawn mower into walls, tables and television sets, giggling with each collision., "He never expected to be a single dad. Then a gunman in Virginia Beach made him one.," 17 June 2019 The 22-month-old boy was ramming his toy lawn mower into walls, tables and television sets, giggling with each collision. Washington Post, "He never expected to be a single dad. Then a gunman in Virginia Beach made him one.," 14 June 2019 School’s out in Central Florida, and while excited children giggle with excitement, many parents are undoubtedly wondering how to keep their kids away from their iPads and gaming systems this summer. Patrick Connolly,, "School’s out: How to have fun and get the kids away from screens this summer," 10 June 2019 Samuel Munyaneza pointed out the window of the sports utility vehicle, toward a group of a dozen young Rwandan tourists giggling and taking selfies. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fifty-seven-years old, with fishing memorabilia decorating his office walls, Micciche points to the next room, where giggles from his youngest daughter ring through the wall. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner brought their sisterly love and a few giggles to the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere in Belfast today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Were Too Cute at the Game of Thrones Premiere in Belfast," 12 Apr. 2019 As Ajaxes 1 and 2, tenors Steven Goldstein and Gregory Zavracky spent their time onstage stuffed inside the same skimpy toga or bathing costume — a source of instant giggles that was bolstered by their strong comic singing. Globe Staff,, "Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws," 17 June 2019 Likewise, a romantic partner may be more interested in attaining material success than in intimate snuggles and giggles. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for June 11, 2019: Taurus, be ready for sudden change of plan; Aquarius, time for work, not play," 11 June 2019 When one of the furry forms tips over without breaking stride, the men burst into spasmodic giggles. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "A Furniture Collaboration That’s Irresistible," 4 Dec. 2018 Fixer Upper fans have witnessed it more than once: As Joanna Gaines thoughtfully discusses a home, Chip cracks a joke that sends her into giggles. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Reveals How Joanna Keeps Him in Line When He’s 'Off the Tracks'," 5 Jan. 2019 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

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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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