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

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 Clearly admiring her husband's skills, Teigen can be heard giggling in the background. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen Responds to Trolls over Topless Photo of Her Breastfeeding "Twins"," 8 July 2018 By afternoon, kids were spotted either giggling with others or pouting on the floor. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Boise Towne Square becomes ‘unbearable’ as shoppers wait for toy promotion," 12 July 2018 You will be riveted by a baby giggling over a spinning pinwheel. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "On the Fourth of July, count your San Diego blessings," 2 July 2018 The duo were photographed giggling like lifelong BFFs all throughout the event. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen Canceled a Public Appearance This Morning Because She's Sick," 28 June 2018 What helps is a strategy from that mindfulness class: Stay in the present, whether Amelia is screaming with colic or giggling on their bed. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Rachael and Justin Pines of Fishtown," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Golf Magazine reports the two, once enemies and now friends, nearly played the ‘giggle golf’ game on July 3, but negotiations for the match (and its accompanying prime-time special), couldn’t be completed in that time. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Will Face Off in a $10 Million, One-on-One Match," 6 July 2018 But within minutes the laughter gets real and the 10 men and women joke and giggle for about an hour while doing gentle exercise moves and deep breathing. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Stressed? Join These Seven As They Laugh It Away At 'Yoga' Class," 27 June 2018 Not every joke lands, but there’s so much silliness that kids and like-minded adults will get in plenty of giggles. Kimber Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' hits the open seas with its creature comforts intact," 12 July 2018 In the video, Daisy is adorably overwhelmed to see her mom again, and expresses her excitement by eagerly dancing on, around and under Adams, who simply can’t hold back her appreciative giggles. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Smiles Guaranteed! Watch a Lost Dog Dance with Delight After Reuniting with Owner," 6 July 2018 From top to bottom, I’m dazzled by Shion’s laid-back, double-jacket, leather daddy with the hood and hat look, his giggles and his openness. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "The Final Scene of This Episode of Terrace House Is a Great Piece of Television," 29 May 2018 Her giggles and smiles have the effect of lifting everyone around her. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "2018 season preview: Indiana Fever makeover starts with rookie Kelsey Mitchell," 18 May 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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Dictionary Entries near giggle

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gigerium

gigger

giggle

gighe

giglet

gig mill

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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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