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[gig-uh l] /ˈgɪg əl/
verb (used without object), giggled, giggling.
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.
a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.
Slang. an amusing experience, incident, etc.:
Going to a silly movie was always a giggle.
Origin of giggle
1500-10; imitative; compare Dutch gigelen, German gickeln. See -le
Related forms
giggler, noun
gigglingly, adverb
giggly, adjective
1, 2. snicker, snigger, chuckle. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for giggle
  • 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.
  • Her warmth, sense of humor and infectious giggle brought much joy to our family.
  • He makes a joke about local leaders taking public money for themselves, and some of the villagers giggle.
  • Ask your parents to join so you can giggle at their goofy moves.
  • Readers might find them good for a giggle-though, while neither article could be called substantive, neither is short.
  • Asked who is to blame for this situation, they giggle.
  • Serkin made the same music glitter and dance and nearly giggle.
British Dictionary definitions for giggle


(intransitive) to laugh nervously or foolishly
such a laugh
(informal) something or someone that provokes amusement
the giggles, a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling
(informal) for a giggle, as a joke or prank; not seriously
Derived Forms
giggler, noun
giggling, noun, adjective
gigglingly, adverb
giggly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for giggle

c.1500, probably imitative. Related: Giggled; giggling; giggly. As a noun from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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