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


She giggled like a little kid. We were all joking and giggling nervously as we waited for the ceremony to begin.


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 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 Huck, a 4-month-oldbaby boy, has fewer crying spells, and now smiles and giggles at his teachers. Elizabeth Cohen And John Bonifield, CNN, "Babies exposed to drugs are kicked out of other daycares. They come here instead," 23 Aug. 2019 Goodman recited them one by one, giggling at a few: Salon Vagabond, Baker Dude Bakery Cafe, Heal Thyself Atlanta, and, her favorite, Kids Dental Studio. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 Actors Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke get ready together in the morning (Kit doing fake vocal exercises, Emilia giggling at him) and the two spend a ton of time prepping for their big moments. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke’s Most Pivotal Kissing Scene Was So Awkward," 27 May 2019 In the background of the video, Ari can be heard giggling at Pete's sweet(ener) recs, which, same. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Ranked His Favorite Songs From Ariana Grande's New Album," 13 Aug. 2018 The 22-month-old boy was ramming his toy lawn mower into walls, tables and television sets, giggling with each collision., "He never expected to be a single dad. Then a gunman in Virginia Beach made him one.," 17 June 2019 In childhood, treehouses are roughly built hideaways perched in large oak or maple trees where kids gather to giggle and let their imaginations run wild. Megan Barber, Curbed, "12 magical treehouses for your next vacation," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For example, at Dollywood, kids ages 2 to 4 giggle-approved the Piggy Parade and Scrambler rides; guests age 11 and older were enthusiastic over the Whistle Punk Chaser and the Smoky Mountain River Rampage. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Tennessee tourism department enlists kids to rate the state’s attractions," 26 June 2019 On the Republican side, the names alone provoke giggles. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Arguing the World," 15 Aug. 2019 The usually quiet halls of the McNay Art Museum echoed with children’s squeals and giggles Sunday when hundreds of families packed the museum to celebrate one of America’s most famous artists: Andy Warhol. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "Hundreds of families pack the McNay to celebrate Andy Warhol," 4 Aug. 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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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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