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chuckle

[chuhk-uh l] /ˈtʃʌk əl/
verb (used without object), chuckled, chuckling.
1.
to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction:
They chuckled at the child's efforts to walk.
2.
to laugh to oneself:
to chuckle while reading.
3.
Obsolete. to cluck, as a fowl.
noun
4.
a soft laugh, usually of satisfaction.
5.
Obsolete. the cluck of a hen.
Origin of chuckle
1590-1600
1590-1600; chuck3 + -le
Related forms
chuckler, noun
chucklingly, adverb
Synonyms
4. See laugh.
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  • "You may be augustly sure he is not," chuckled the cruel Mata.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • "I s'pose not," chuckled Sim, as he went off with the wheelbarrow.

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  • "Mrs. Gaynor seems to live up to her theories, at any rate," chuckled Stephen.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • She pondered for a while, then had a sudden brain-wave and chuckled.

  • He chuckled as he went to his kit and dug out a small rubber bag.

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British Dictionary definitions for chuckled

chuckle

/ˈtʃʌkəl/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to laugh softly or to oneself
2.
(of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound
noun
3.
a partly suppressed laugh
Derived Forms
chuckler, noun
chucklingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably from chuck³
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Word Origin and History for chuckled

chuckle

v.

1590s, frequentative of Middle English chukken "make a clucking noise" (late 14c.), of echoic origin. It originally meant "noisy laughter." Related: Chuckled; chuckling.

n.

1754, from chuckle (v.).

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