“The sensation was one of hardening of the organs,” he chuckled in the retelling.
My wife repeated the famous old story, and we all chuckled at those long-ago silly fears.
And so the 20 or so people, sitting alone at the Empire 25 in Times Square, chuckled quietly.
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.).