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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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  • I stuck him with the fork,” he chortled, “and he squealed like a pig!

    The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy
  • The druggist danced and chortled till the bottles danced on the shelves.

  • "Now, I don't want to wake up," he chortled, as he hefted the various sacks.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • And even Noel "chortled in his joy," to use his favourite expression.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • "We gave them a licking they won't forget so quickly," Pepe chortled.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • "I fetched 'em from town Tuesday morning," chortled Furneaux.

  • "He'll die when the freight claims come in," Mr. McGuffey chortled.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • "You'll give it to the police, all right," chortled Mr. Smedburg.

    The Red Cross Girl Richard Harding Davis
  • "Very tricky, these Appsalanoj," he chortled and attacked the solder with a knife blade.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
British Dictionary definitions for chortled


(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 chortled



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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