TITTERS

titter

[tit-er]
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:
1610–20; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse tittra to quiver, Swedish (dial.) tittra to giggle

titterer, noun
titteringly, adverb
untittering, adjective


1. snicker, snigger, giggle.
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titter (ˈtɪtə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to snigger, esp derisively or in a suppressed way
2.  (tr) to express by tittering
 
n
3.  a suppressed laugh, chuckle, or snigger
 
[C17: of imitative origin]
 
'titterer
 
n
 
'tittering
 
adj
 
'titteringly
 
adv

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titter
1619, "giggle in a suppressed or covert way," probably of imitative origin. The noun is first recorded 1728.
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