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gig·​gle ˈgi-gəl How to pronounce giggle (audio)
giggled; giggling ˈgi-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce giggle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to laugh with repeated short catches of the breath

transitive verb

: to utter with a giggle
giggler noun
gigglingly adverb
giggly adjective


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: the act of giggling
chiefly British : a source of amusement

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
While Father Johan shadows Mi-ho, played by Lee Da-hee, quite a few other drama characters comment on and giggle about his good looks. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2023 Just watch this trailer for the movie Ziegfeld Follies, and try not to giggle at Lucille Ball’s obvious terror. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 24 Apr. 2022 In fact, humans can giggle as early as three months old. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 The mom of two purses her lips at the infant while Isabella seems to giggle. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2022 While dining with daughter Khloé Kardashian and boyfriend Corey Gamble, the 66-year-old momager suddenly begins to uncontrollably giggle and cry at the table. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 Everyone will giggle—then dig in—to help decorate these cute easter desserts! Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Aug. 2022 This is an auspicious occasion for all the Wordle stoners out there who giggle whenever the number comes up. Erik Kain, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 This Fool will giggle at bodily functions and crotch kicks, borrow cheesy PSA language or horror movie jump scares for the hell of it, build entire storylines around the perils of commercial-grade toilet paper or enormous penises. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2022
Michael [Zilkha, Ze Records co-founder] is a lot of fun – a bit of a giggle. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 19 Jan. 2023 From the meme with Tim Tebow or the epic fail of Cody Parkey during the 2019 playoffs, test your football knowledge and giggle with friends before the big game begins. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 31 Dec. 2022 When the book said that someone laughed, Miles offered the engineer a giggle, a chortle, and a cackle; when a character steepled their fingers, Miles did, too. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2022 Meghan, 41, added with a giggle at the oversize bottle. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Dec. 2022 The ladies in Wet Leg are a shy pair — Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers often speak in hushed tones and regularly giggle at each other’s words, almost as if only the two of them are in on the gag. Dan Hyman, Vulture, 12 Aug. 2022 It’s a gentle laugh, sort of a cross between a chuckle and a giggle. Suzanne Van Atten, ajc, 12 Oct. 2013 Every milestone is meaningful, and every giggle is treasured. Holly Jordan, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 Keith haltingly enunciates his room number in a half-giggle, because, Who cares about the room number? Sasha Frere-jones, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History




First Known Use


1509, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of giggle was in 1509

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Cite this Entry

“Giggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


giggled; giggling
: to laugh with repeated short high sounds
giggle noun

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