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
Middle school students shouted and giggled, and several boys kicked a soccer ball on their way down to a trackside shelter.
When the students felt their brailled names about half of the students giggled and many said they really liked it.
From the living room, his younger brothers giggled at the cartoon antics while waiting for dinner.
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