giggle

verb
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

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 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 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, "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Finale Recap: Own It and Move On," 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, NOLA.com, "Father of suspended Grand Isle student sues Jefferson Parish schools in BB gun incident," 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, "Watch a movie in a socially-distanced “pod” under the stars in Aurora," 3 Aug. 2020 Natalie and Christopher continued to giggle … just having fun. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water," 4 Feb. 2018 In the old tales, the godmother was not a giggling witch, but the guardian and guide to your transformation. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Eavan Boland, Irish poet and Stanford professor, dies in her native Dublin," 3 May 2020 Other images show Scott smiling while holding Stormi over his shoulder, playing with the toddler in bed, taking in some mountainous sights and bringing a giggling Stormi on a bike ride. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Shares Hospital Photo with Daughter Stormi, Travis Scott for Rapper's Birthday," 30 Apr. 2020 Isaiah Thomas ✔ @isaiahthomas MJ really giggled at what GP was saying... Los Angeles Times, "‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 7 and 8: NBA players share their reactions," 10 May 2020 But everyone was giggling too hard to hold them up for long. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Somaliland’s sportswomen are breaking tape – and barriers," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars," 23 Feb. 2021 Looking into the camera, Michael initially seems apologetic, but then bursts out with a giggle. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How would Larry David handle Governor Baker’s new ‘companion appointments’?," 12 Feb. 2021 His parents then cheer, which makes Archie let out an adorable giggle. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Prince Harry and Meghan's son Archie heard speaking for the first time on podcast," 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, SFChronicle.com, "How Steph Curry’s Under Armour camp became an asset for the Warriors," 5 Dec. 2020 Answering those questions in Zoom rehearsals has upped the giggle quotient in Baldwin’s household. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis theater presents a world premiere comedy that's 'zany as hell'," 29 Nov. 2020 The pair brought the optimistic, high energy track to the stage with a smile for this year's EMAs, ending it with a triumphant giggle. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "David Guetta & Raye Light Up the Sky With 'Let's Love' at the 2020 MTV EMAs," 8 Nov. 2020 Almost on his heels came Lynn de Rothschild, with her throaty giggle at her own wit or good fortune. Barbara Amiel, Town & Country, "Lady Black's Revenge: An Explosive New Memoir Reveals the Fallout of a High Society Scandal," 20 Sep. 2020 Aniston portrayed her role perfectly, of course, but the rest of the cast couldn't help but break character and giggle while all eyes were on Aniston and Pitt reciting the steamy scene. Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Could Not Handle Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's Virtual Reunion," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

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“Giggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giggle. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce giggle (audio) \
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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