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[chawr-tl] /ˈtʃɔr tl/
verb (used without object), chortled, chortling.
to chuckle gleefully.
verb (used with object), chortled, chortling.
to express with a gleeful chuckle:
to chortle one's joy.
a gleeful chuckle.
Origin of chortle
blend of chuckle and snort; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
Related forms
chortler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chortle
  • We're the animal that wants to laugh, wants to unlock itself through a chuckle and a chortle.
  • Linda had a sharp wit and an infectious laugh that started with a low chortle.
  • If you find a typo, allow yourself a brief chortle of superiority.
  • Bumping for an update, which contains both some chortle-worthy lines and some eyebrow-raising ones.
  • For those who dote on every purr and chortle of the flaxen-haired prodigy the announcement will be sufficient.
  • And the engineer turned and looked to me with a chortle.
  • The organization must be organized for charitable purposes and must actually operate as a public chortle.
  • We heard a soft and wonderfully clear chortle overhead.
British Dictionary definitions for chortle


(intransitive) to chuckle gleefully
a gleeful chuckle
Derived Forms
chortler, noun
Word Origin
C19: coined (1871) by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass; probably a blend of chuckle + snort
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Word Origin and History for chortle

coined 1872 by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass," perhaps from chuckle and snort. Related: Chortled; chortling. As a noun, from 1903.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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