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

intransitive verb

: to laugh with repeated short catches of the breath

transitive verb

: to utter with a giggle
giggler noun
gigglingly adverb
giggly adjective


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

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
On Sunday, the actress shared a photo to Instagram of her daughter Malti giggling while lounging on her back in a ball pit while at a friend's birthday party. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 On Tuesday, Brittany posted videos of the family at an indoor playground, where Sterling slid down tall slides, giggling all the way. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 20 Feb. 2024 Sometimes the best healing prescription may be to simply giggle like an 8-year-old. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 On the boat, Maria keeps giggling nervously, while Sydney pouts. Kristen Baldwin,, 12 Feb. 2024 But when a man is in that position, suddenly people start giggling uncomfortably when they're confronted with it on a red carpet or something. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Some giggling over embarrassing moments from yesteryear soon follows. Maya Layne, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 The reality star could be heard making humming noises off-camera while tickling the baby's stomach, prompting her to giggle and coo. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Turn your head to the left to see Reneé Rapp and Towa Bird giggling and sipping a drink. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024
Her infectious giggles could brighten even the most despondent demeanor. Cheryl Maguire, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Sevim responds to the attention with a coquettish giggle, a mischievous smile, and, disastrously, a love note that falls into the hands of another faculty member. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2024 Niall giggles in disbelief while John keeps encouraging Kaylee to sing. Maggie Fremont,, 4 Oct. 2023 Minaj giggles after the line, and later tweeted photos of her feet. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2024 Other daredevils include trapeze artists, trampoline bouncers, aerialists, and even a human cannonball, Skyler Miser, who will launch herself out of a rocket at 65 mph for kicks and giggles. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 The Fast Food Chain Answers The husband then drops another pack of chicken nuggets on the table, causing more fits of giggles between the family members. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 As the royal family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the flypast, Prince George caught a case of the giggles — prompting Savannah to cover his mouth and flash a deadpan look, seemingly knowing the cameras were watching. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 25 Dec. 2023 Inspiring some of Anderson Cooper’s best drunken giggles yet. New Year, Vulture, 1 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History




First Known Use


1509, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of giggle was in 1509

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Cite this Entry

“Giggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


giggled; giggling
: to laugh with repeated short high sounds
giggle noun

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