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giggle

[gig-uh l] /ˈgɪg əl/
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
1500-1510
1500-10; imitative; compare Dutch gigelen, German gickeln. See -le
Related forms
giggler, noun
gigglingly, adverb
giggly, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. snicker, snigger, chuckle.
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Examples from the web for giggling
  • Other deferential gestures include giggling, head-bobbing and groveling.
  • Whispering and giggling at the same time have no place in good society.
  • After the giggling stopped, they got down to business and started looking quite serious.
  • giggling children race to buy fresh sugarcane juice.
  • They were giggling and laughing throughout my comments about the crowd below.
  • The mood is mostly light, with friends giggling as they browse shelves full of rubber and plastic playthings.
  • The strange flying object is controlled remotely by a cluster of giggling engineers.
  • Simple stuff, really, but delivered with a brio that kept generations of children giggling.
  • Beneath the giggling, however, lies a tenacious persona.
  • giggling adolescents should not be treated more harshly than loud-speaking adults.
British Dictionary definitions for giggling

giggle

/ˈɡɪɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to laugh nervously or foolishly
noun
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
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 giggling

giggle

v.

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

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