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titter

[tit-er] /ˈtɪt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement.
noun
2.
a tittering laugh.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse tittra to quiver, Swedish (dial.) tittra to giggle
Related forms
titterer, noun
titteringly, adverb
untittering, adjective
Synonyms
1. snicker, snigger, giggle.
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British Dictionary definitions for tittering

titter

/ˈtɪtə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to snigger, esp derisively or in a suppressed way
2.
(transitive) to express by tittering
noun
3.
a suppressed laugh, chuckle, or snigger
Derived Forms
titterer, noun
tittering, adjective
titteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for tittering

titter

v.

1610s, "giggle in a suppressed or covert way," probably of imitative origin. Related: Tittered; tittering. The noun is first recorded 1728.

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