tit·​ter | \ ˈti-tər How to pronounce titter (audio) \
tittered; tittering; titters

Definition of titter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to laugh in a nervous, affected, or partly suppressed manner : giggle, snicker


plural titters

Definition of titter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quiet or nervous laugh : an act or instance of tittering There were a few titters from the students. Most importantly, I can see the candidates' body language when they're off-camera and hear the murmurs and titters in the crowd.— Dana Milbank

Examples of titter in a Sentence

Verb Some people in the audience tittered nervously during an awkward pause in the speech. even as students in the sex ed class continued to titter, the lecturer plowed ahead
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a consumer product for those who titter, this production appears to check all the boxes. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 All hail sound designer Ben Burtt: The tittering probe droid, the braying AT-AT laserspray. Darren Franich, EW.com, 30 Oct. 2019 That didn’t seem to faze the opening-night audience, which tittered at each scandalous line. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2019 The pass arrived just in time, and the crowd tittered in excitement. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 3 Aug. 2019 Six floors below Picasso’s most famous painting the audience tittered. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2018 Make vibrant coral reef B-roll and penguin tittering a non-intrusive backdrop to your own animalistic instincts. Beca Grimm, GQ, 12 Feb. 2018 Two Lovers’’: sullen, mumbling, chewing gum, refusing to remove his sunglasses, barely interacting with Dave — the audience tittering uncomfortably — and then lashing out at him. Bret Easton Ellis, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2017 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Moments after KyMe was no longer a Cleveland Cavalier on Tuesday night, wits tittered on Twitter that the Boston Celtics gave up heaven and flat Earth to get him. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, 22 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of titter


circa 1625, in the meaning defined above


1711, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for titter


tit·​ter | \ ˈti-tər How to pronounce titter (audio) \
tittered; tittering

Kids Definition of titter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to laugh in a quiet and nervous way



Kids Definition of titter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nervous laugh

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