giggle

[gig-uhl]
verb (used without object), giggled, giggling.
1.
to laugh in a silly, often high-pitched way, especially with short, repeated gasps and titters, as from juvenile or ill-concealed amusement or nervous embarrassment.
noun
2.
a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.
3.
Slang. an amusing experience, incident, etc.: Going to a silly movie was always a giggle.

Origin:
1500–10; imitative; compare Dutch gigelen, German gickeln. See -le

giggler, noun
gigglingly, adverb
giggly, adjective


1, 2. snicker, snigger, chuckle.
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giggle (ˈɡɪɡəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to laugh nervously or foolishly
 
n
2.  such a laugh
3.  informal something or someone that provokes amusement
4.  the giggles a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling
5.  informal for a giggle as a joke or prank; not seriously
 
[C16: of imitative origin]
 
'giggler
 
n
 
'giggling
 
n, —adj
 
'gigglingly
 
adv
 
'giggly
 
adj

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giggle
1509, probably imitative.
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Example sentences
For promising to give me a laugh or giggle every day of our married life and
  leaving me with a surplus.
Each time a song ends, beers giggle golden on rough wood tables as the roaring
  crowd claps and cheers for more.
Then when you show them how it works, they all get this silly grin, and some
  start to giggle.
It uses the word to ascribe a negative stereotype and then giggle about it.
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