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chuckle

[chuhk-uh l] /ˈtʃʌk əl/
verb (used without object), chuckled, chuckling.
1.
to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction:
They chuckled at the child's efforts to walk.
2.
to laugh to oneself:
to chuckle while reading.
3.
Obsolete. to cluck, as a fowl.
noun
4.
a soft laugh, usually of satisfaction.
5.
Obsolete. the cluck of a hen.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; chuck3 + -le
Related forms
chuckler, noun
chucklingly, adverb
Synonyms
4. See laugh.
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  • MY family loves to chuckle over a photograph of me sitting at a table, doing our taxes.
  • But it is also designed to get a chuckle out of anyone following this year's presidential race.
  • The disembodied mirth on the intercom is the control-room technicians having a chuckle over my brief discomfiture.
  • Laughter spreads through the room, and even a chuckle can be heard from the usually aloof king.
  • That's all the background you'll need to chuckle along with this report.
  • It is a kind of self-effacing chuckle that doesn't condescend, though his credentials would back that.
  • It gives me a little momentum and sometimes even a little chuckle.
  • Economists chuckle at these questions, in particular the second.
  • My acceptance of these allows me focus with a chuckle.
  • It makes me chuckle to think of what we've have to go through to replicate court tennis at our end of the world.
British Dictionary definitions for chuckle

chuckle

/ˈtʃʌkəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to laugh softly or to oneself
2.
(of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound
noun
3.
a partly suppressed laugh
Derived Forms
chuckler, noun
chucklingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably from chuck³
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Word Origin and History for chuckle
v.

1590s, frequentative of Middle English chukken "make a clucking noise" (late 14c.), of echoic origin. It originally meant "noisy laughter." Related: Chuckled; chuckling.

n.

1754, from chuckle (v.).

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