titter

verb
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

titter

noun
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

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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 All hail sound designer Ben Burtt: The tittering probe droid, the braying AT-AT laserspray. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars rewatch: The Empire Strikes Back is the special effects movie that hates special effects," 30 Oct. 2019 That didn’t seem to faze the opening-night audience, which tittered at each scandalous line. Los Angeles Times, "Review: We liked the movie ‘Grumpy Old Men.’ Why did this musical have to change it?," 27 Sep. 2019 The pass arrived just in time, and the crowd tittered in excitement. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "After another strong day from Lamar Jackson, John Harbaugh ‘real pleased’ with Ravens’ passing game," 3 Aug. 2019 Six floors below Picasso’s most famous painting the audience tittered. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "For He’s a Jolly Goodfella! Celebrating Martin Scorsese at Chanel’s MoMA Film Benefit," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of titter

Verb

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for titter

Verb

imitative

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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for titter

The first known use of titter was circa 1625

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titter

verb
How to pronounce titter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of titter

: to laugh in a quiet and nervous way

titter

verb
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

titter

noun

Kids Definition of titter (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nervous laugh

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