[chuhk-uh l] /ˈtʃʌk əl/
verb (used without object), chuckled, chuckling.
to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction:
"They chuckled at the child's efforts to walk."
to laugh to oneself:
"to chuckle while reading."
Obsolete. to cluck, as a fowl.
a soft laugh, usually of satisfaction.
Obsolete. the cluck of a hen.
1590–1600; chuck3 + -le
Related forms
chuckler, noun
chucklingly, adverb
4. See laugh.
Example Sentences for chuckle
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)
1.  to laugh softly or to oneself
2.  (of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound
3.  a partly suppressed laugh
[C16: probably from chuck³]

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Word Origin and History for chuckle
1598, frequentative of M.E. chukken "make a clucking noise," of echoic origin. It originally meant "noisy laughter." Chucklehead "blockhead" (18c.) is perhaps connected with chuck (v.).
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