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

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 And the parents laugh and the kids kind of giggle unknowingly. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Right Wing’s Cultural Civil War Is a Drag," 9 Sep. 2019 These super fun Christmas puns will keep your family, friends, and co-workers giggling until New Year's Eve. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "60 Best Christmas Puns That Yule Be Laughing at All Season Long," 27 Aug. 2019 Shampoo Girl: Seeking twenty- to thirty-five-year-old woman who smiles and giggles while washing her hair, like all people do. Keaton Patti, The New Yorker, "Commercial Casting Breakdowns," 16 Aug. 2019 The slickly made video features male and female staffers walking and giggling in slow motion, blowing bubbles and pinwheels and, what Innisfree is better known for, drinking pints of beer. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Watch this Tuscaloosa bar’s latest hilarious spoof of sorority recruitment videos," 15 Aug. 2019 One moment, Jes is cheering Soph on as the Nazis fall, and the next Soph is flipping Jes off while giggling as the pair wait in an elevator. Matthew Gault, Time, "Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review: Grab a Pal and Fight Some Nazis," 12 Aug. 2019 Children reached out over a table and giggled as their turn came to hold live crabs and touch sea anemones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World Below the Waves brings tide pools to children," 18 July 2019 In his off-the-cuff remarks to a group of giggling nuns earlier in the day, the first Jesuit pope gave them advice about living in religious communities. Washington Post, "Pope denounces exploitation of Madagascar’s unique resources," 6 Sep. 2019 One moment, Marie would be giggling, tagging along after her big sister, and splashing in the backyard pool beneath the palm trees. Globe Staff,, "She’s been bounced through more than a dozen foster homes. And she’s just 6," 24 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Naʔ Srimjam tried desperately to get her laughter under control, gasping through her giggles that her laughter was taboo. Alice Rudge, Quartz, "Why we laugh when we know we shouldn’t," 28 Aug. 2019 Bonus entry post one of these photos in your story @kodiakcakes #kodiakcakes Graham crackers are one of those snacks that instantly take me back to water balloons, tie dye, and the giggle fits that come with sneaking out of your cabin. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Pull This Pork, Dip That Chip, and 5 More Things to See & Do This Week," 29 July 2019 There are many scenes that buzz gently with the giggles of children in the background. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Jeffrey Epstein Should Cancel the Culture’s Humbert Humberts," 9 July 2019 Thunberg said, a giggle breaking her normally serious demeanor. Washington Post, "Sailing to America: Teen to bring her climate activism to US," 30 July 2019 At night, Nidhi’s friends pushed her into the marital bedroom, closed the door, and hastened away in a crowd of giggles. Abhijith Ravinutala,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 Her sister Brandi and Kaitlynn Carter giggle as Miley drops it low. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Miley Cyrus Gets Low in a White Bikini While on Vacation: Watch," 9 Aug. 2019 In perhaps the cutest one, George giggles while lying in the grass, one missing tooth on display. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Prince William Smiles With Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis in a Previously Unseen Photo," 23 July 2019 Parents watch in another room and giggle at the struggle. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 3: Politics, Brazil, India, Lee Iacocca, Women's World Cup," 3 July 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

History and Etymology for giggle



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12 Oct 2019

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The first known use of giggle was in 1509

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How to pronounce giggle (audio)

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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