tit·​ter | \ˈti-tər \
tittered; tittering; titters

Definition of titter 

intransitive verb

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

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titter noun

Examples of titter in a Sentence

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

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Make vibrant coral reef B-roll and penguin tittering a non-intrusive backdrop to your own animalistic instincts. Beca Grimm, GQ, "The Lazy Couple’s Guide to a Valentine’s Day Netflix Binge," 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, "The Weird Brilliance of Joaquin Phoenix," 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, "Cleveland Cavaliers get Isaiah Thomas and much more for false teammate Kyrie Irving: Bill Livingston (photos)," 22 Aug. 2017 The reform-minded, tuned-in crowd of more than 200 tittered. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "The future of politics - and Bob Brady - in Philadelphia," 14 Aug. 2017 And the rest of us will titter at those primitive, chipless fools. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Americans microchipped in the land of the free," 26 July 2017 The crowd nervously tittered at the collective memory of the mash-up Western. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Scarlett Johansson Slyly Addresses Ghost In the Shell’s Disappointing Box Office," 22 Apr. 2017 The crowd begins to titter before a word passes through the P.A. system; familiar mannerisms overshadow syntax, however carefully arranged. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Dave Chappelle and Louis C.K. Confront a Changing World," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of titter

circa 1619, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of titter was circa 1619

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English Language Learners Definition of titter

: to laugh in a quiet and nervous way


tit·​ter | \ˈti-tər \
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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full of whispering sounds

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