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chortle

[chawr-tl] /ˈtʃɔr tl/
verb (used without object), chortled, chortling.
1.
to chuckle gleefully.
verb (used with object), chortled, chortling.
2.
to express with a gleeful chuckle:
to chortle one's joy.
noun
3.
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
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  • It was then that Gwendolyn heard the nurse muttering and chortling to herself.

  • A faint hoot came to them through the chortling of the wind.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • chortling with glee, Charon tottered back to his station and put one hand across the beam of a photo-electric eye.

    Satan and the Comrades Ralph Bennitt
  • They were chortling, pointing at each other, mugging for the camera.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • "'Course they'll all get together to-morrow and have it in for us," said the Gutter Pup, chortling.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • "Yes," said the other, chortling over the "copy" his colleagues were missing.

  • In the hold, Kerk and Meta had opened some of the crates and were chortling with joy over their lethal contents.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Why, he was talking of his engagement to Mademoiselle Dormance two months ago and chortling over her shekels.

    Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux
British Dictionary definitions for chortling

chortle

/ˈtʃɔːtəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to chuckle gleefully
noun
2.
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 chortling

chortle

v.

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

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