giggle

verb
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

giggle

noun

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

Verb

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

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

In typical 4-year-old fashion, George is being is rascal self: He was spotted giggling alongside his sister, Princess Charlotte and cousin Savannah Phillips... Marie Claire, "Prince George Is a Giggling Rascal at Trooping the Colour Right Now," 9 June 2018 The headband made the rounds on social media and drew giggling comparisons to Karate Kid protagonist Daniel LaRusso. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Baker Mayfield Doesn’t Have Time for Your No. 6 Pick," 18 Apr. 2018 The social worker returns, and giggles enter my mind of her hate for my doctor. Alise Leslie, The Root, "Champion," 1 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Kate found her father-in-law's situation to be quite hysterical as evidenced by her giggling in the background. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton Couldn't Stop Laughing at Prince Charles's Wardrobe Malfunction at the RAF Flypast," 10 July 2018 Then come the pictures of a giggling girl, playing peekaboo beneath a pink blanket. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe victim Shana Fisher laid to rest in emotional funeral," 26 May 2018 Two teenagers sitting beneath an underpass smoked and giggled. New York Times, "As Nuclear Sanctions Loom, ‘Normal Life’ Is Elusive for Iranians," 10 May 2018 Down the aisle, Yvette’s children are drawing on the freezer door with beeswax lip balm, giggling. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 If these giggling, affectionate men acted this way - unabashedly, stereotypically gay - on the streets of Ethiopia's capital, they could be expelled, beaten up, fired, disowned, or jailed. Katie Baker, Newsweek, "'A Graveyard for Homosexuals'," 12 Dec. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Couples married before 'Pinterest age' set to renew vows in farewell to Winter Park civic center," 12 July 2018 In Binger his ambition engendered giggles and suggestions that the Bench boy manage his expectations. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018 The real highlight of this fight is Wills' amazing head shakes, reaction faces, and giggles in the background. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 3 Recap: Why Is Everyone Getting Injured?," 11 June 2018 And so, his playful companion covered his mouth and made him giggle because kids will be kids. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Hammy Girl Who Shut Prince George Up at the Trooping the Colour Is the One True Queen of the Day," 9 June 2018 Eventually the two have no recourse but to collapse into giggles. Zack Ruskin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sofi Tukker on ascension to dance pop stardom," 9 May 2018 Carly was a 12-year-old boy’s dream image of a nurse — young and beautiful, with a smile that would light up his room, and a laugh that could force Mike into giggles. Kari Bornhorst Mchugh, BostonGlobe.com, "Why I’ll never forget my son’s nurses," 6 Feb. 2018 The onboard audio is punctuated by Jack-Jack’s infectious giggles. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of giggle

Verb

1509, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for giggle

Verb

imitative

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More Definitions for giggle

giggle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of giggle

: to laugh in a nervous or childlike way

giggle

verb
gig·​gle | \ˈgi-gəl \
giggled; giggling

Kids Definition of giggle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to laugh with repeated short high childlike sounds

giggle

noun

Kids Definition of giggle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light silly laugh

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