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chortle

[chawr-tl] /ˈtʃɔr tl/
verb (used without object), chortled, chortling.
1.
to chuckle gleefully.
verb (used with object), chortled, chortling.
2.
to express with a gleeful chuckle:
to chortle one's joy.
noun
3.
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
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  • He chortled happily, and swung about to greet Beardsley who approached at that moment.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • The druggist danced and chortled till the bottles danced on the shelves.

  • And even Noel "chortled in his joy," to use his favourite expression.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Ill let you have all the fun of the unraveling, chortled Don.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • Alfred chortled with delight, and clapped his hands before his face.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • I stuck him with the fork,” he chortled, “and he squealed like a pig!

    The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy
  • Bennie chortled and drooled vita-meal at his high-chair, unreprimanded.

    The Real Hard Sell William W Stuart
  • "We gave them a licking they won't forget so quickly," Pepe chortled.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase
  • "Chilled feet, I guess," chortled Tubby, who had overheard the remark.

    The Boy Scouts On The Range Lieut. Howard Payson
British Dictionary definitions for chortled

chortle

/ˈtʃɔːtəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to chuckle gleefully
noun
2.
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 chortled

chortle

v.

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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