gig·​gle | \ ˈgi-gəl How to pronounce giggle (audio) \
giggled; giggling\ ˈgi-​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 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 Victor Llorente for The New York Times The red velvet seats at the David H. Koch Theater were quickly filling up — not with the usual ballet audience, but with squirming, shrieking and giggling elementary school students. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "The Youngest (and Liveliest) ‘Nutcracker’ Audience of the Season," 24 Dec. 2019 Babies possess an incredible gift for going from giggling to crying in fractions of a second. Outdoor Life, "Baby camping gear that will save your trip," 20 Apr. 2020 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer scolded Sen. Kamala Harris of California for giggling with Sen. Sherrod Brown from Ohio during a press conference on President Trump's impeachment. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Chuck Schumer side-eyes Kamala Harris for giggling during impeachment press conference," 31 Jan. 2020 The camera cuts to a father figure leering at the couple with suspicion, and then to two girls sitting at the table who giggle knowingly. NBC News, "China's gay community praises Alibaba for ad with same-sex couple," 9 Jan. 2020 The camera, of course, immediately cut to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who were seen giggling in the audience at Pitt’s jest. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Margot Robbie Worked in a Prince Harry Joke at the 2020 BAFTA Awards and Here's Kate Middleton and Prince William's Giggly Reaction," 3 Feb. 2020 Sometimes giggles turn to groans in temperatures like this. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "So negative, yet so positive: At nearly 40 below zero, Fairbanks knows how to chill," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some are semi-realistic and may afford some insights, and some are wackadoodle, which can infect us with the giggles. cleveland, "Here’s your comics-for-pandemics reading list: Captain Comics," 11 Apr. 2020 The love affair between Newland Archer and Countess Ellen Olenska begins when the pair share a private giggle during a dinner, just out of earshot of the other guests. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "We Need to Stop Trying to Replicate the Life We Had," 10 Apr. 2020 Posner goes for the laziest jokes all evening, the sort that trigger mere reflex giggles in an audience relieved of the chore of fully grasping Shakespeare’s idioms. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ as a sitcom? Call it ‘The Bardy Bunch.’," 22 Jan. 2020 Kevin breaking the vending machine to steal snacks and Angela trying to sneak her cat up the ceiling vent with Oscar sends me into a giggle fit every time. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Need a laugh? 50 funny bits to watch while quarantined," 7 Apr. 2020 There were squeals and screeches and lots of giggles. USA Today, "Cooped-up kids navigate a strange new play space," 24 Mar. 2020 Relieved by the catharsis of crying, a group of twenty-somethings spilled out onto the street in fits of giggles. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Halams’ difficulties in the walk and turn test produced more classroom giggles. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Harmony School of Innovation features state trooper teaching students about effects of alcohol," 22 Nov. 2019 In fact, Anderson’s iconic and infectious giggle comes from his mom. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Andy Cohen, Joyce Carol Oates, and Many More Honor Gloria Vanderbilt," 17 June 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

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24 May 2020

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“Giggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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