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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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  • "'Course they'll all get together to-morrow and have it in for us," said the Gutter Pup, chortling.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • A faint hoot came to them through the chortling of the wind.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • They were chortling, pointing at each other, mugging for the camera.


    Cory Doctorow
  • "Yes," said the other, chortling over the "copy" his colleagues were missing.

  • It was then that Gwendolyn heard the nurse muttering and chortling to herself.

  • In the hold, Kerk and Meta had opened some of the crates and were chortling with joy over their lethal contents.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • chortling with glee, Charon tottered back to his station and put one hand across the beam of a photo-electric eye.

    Satan and the Comrades Ralph Bennitt
  • Why, he was talking of his engagement to Mademoiselle Dormance two months ago and chortling over her shekels.

    Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux
British Dictionary definitions for chortling


(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 chortling



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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