Monday, March 07, 2011
chortle transitive and intransitive verb [CHOR-tl] To utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
Definitions for chortle
- To utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
- A snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
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Citations for chortle
Benjamin himself chortled now, an odd laugh to which I grew accustomed in years to come.
Even Isaksson's stern wife, who rarely cracked a smile, chortled with glee, and Old Mothstead slapped his thighs and flapped his apron and danced around the couple, who moved in ever larger rings amongst the kegs.
Origin of chortle
Chortle a combination of chuckle and snort. It was coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), in Through the Looking-Glass, published in 1872.