chucklingly

chuckle

[chuhk-uhl]
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; chuck3 + -le

chuckler, noun
chucklingly, adverb


4. See laugh.
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chuckle (ˈtʃʌkəl)
 
vb
1.  to laugh softly or to oneself
2.  (of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound
 
n
3.  a partly suppressed laugh
 
[C16: probably from chuck³]
 
'chuckler
 
n
 
'chucklingly
 
adv

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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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