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
Other deferential gestures include giggling, head-bobbing and groveling.
Beneath the giggling, however, lies a tenacious persona.
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.
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