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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Children giggle and bounce, couples wrap arms around each other. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 As teens, Mam's mother and her sisters would giggle and talk about doing the Twist, a dance that was downright scandalous for their conservative elders and Catholic school teachers. Diana Hubbell, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 May 2021 Sorry, sorry, can’t help but giggle at that mental image. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2021 Before y’all giggle at the hair irony here, my guy appears pretty natural in front of the class and remarkably competent at trimming Whitney’s bob. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 3 Feb. 2021 Brown says his son, who is 11 years old, simply moved a BB gun from one corner of the room to another after a science lesson, and the teacher overheard two students giggle and say something about a gun. Chad Calder | Staff Writer,, 15 Dec. 2020 Little ones will giggle with delight at meeting their favorite princess and parents can also enjoy some bargain shopping at the Outlets at Castle Rock on Aug. 15. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, 3 Aug. 2020 Natalie and Christopher continued to giggle … just having fun. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 4 Feb. 2018 In the old tales, the godmother was not a giggling witch, but the guardian and guide to your transformation. Sam Whiting,, 3 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Having Katie periodically giggle and gossip with some friends about it makes the show lighter and is a good evolution for the franchise. Lia Beck,, 8 June 2021 Some kids see those memes and say, ‘Not cool’ and some giggle. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Apr. 2021 Some kids see those memes and say, ‘Not cool’ and some giggle. Marc Fisher, Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 It’s like those videos of NBA players swatting little kids’ shots into oblivion at basketball camps — giggle-inducing due to physical dominance. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 Its resolution is great for textures—more on that in a bit—but its field of view is only about 15 degrees wide, and its draggy upload bandwidth would make your home router giggle. Adam Rogers, Wired, 23 Feb. 2021 Looking into the camera, Michael initially seems apologetic, but then bursts out with a giggle. Kara Baskin,, 12 Feb. 2021 His parents then cheer, which makes Archie let out an adorable giggle. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 30 Dec. 2020 Unlike LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Curry is 6 feet 3, 185 pounds with an incessant giggle and no huge vertical leap. Connor Letourneau,, 5 Dec. 2020

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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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“Giggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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