He'd chuckle and say, "Well, you've got the voice... You just need confidence."
“What I regret is not printing the T-shirts,” he said with a chuckle.
“Welcome to Zintan,” he said with an ironic smile, eliciting a chuckle from his captors and from me.
1590s, frequentative of Middle English chukken "make a clucking noise" (late 14c.), of echoic origin. It originally meant "noisy laughter." Related: Chuckled; chuckling.
1754, from chuckle (v.).