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[chawr-tl] /ˈtʃɔr tl/
verb (used without object), chortled, chortling.
to chuckle gleefully.
verb (used with object), chortled, chortling.
to express with a gleeful chuckle:
to chortle one's joy.
a gleeful chuckle.
Origin of chortle
blend of chuckle and snort; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
Related forms
chortler, noun Unabridged
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  • They will not actually steal, but they will cheat you every time and chortle over it.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • Another of Lewis Carroll's words, chortle, is even more used.

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
  • They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.


    B. M. Bower
  • It rose again—it was like a perplexing cheep and chirrup, changing to a chortle of glee.

    A Reversible Santa Claus Meredith Nicholson
  • A dirty, yellow hand seized the bag; there was a chortle of exultation, and the two scurried out of the room.

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
  • Eli began to chortle, and Hannah stirred in her sleep, throwing both chubby arms over her head.

    The Little Mixer Lillian Nicholson Shearon
  • The Governor began to chortle after a quick glance at the vanishing red light of the Portsmouth car.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Frighten me, floor me, then chortle with glee, And fly away fast from the gutter and me.

British Dictionary definitions for chortle


(intransitive) to chuckle gleefully
a gleeful chuckle
Derived Forms
chortler, noun
Word Origin
C19: coined (1871) by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass; probably a blend of chuckle + snort
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Word Origin and History for chortle

coined 1872 by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass," perhaps from chuckle and snort. Related: Chortled; chortling. As a noun, from 1903.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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