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giggle

[gig-uh l] /ˈgɪg əl/
verb (used without object), giggled, giggling.
1.
to laugh in a silly, often high-pitched way, especially with short, repeated gasps and titters, as from juvenile or ill-concealed amusement or nervous embarrassment.
noun
2.
a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.
3.
Slang. an amusing experience, incident, etc.:
Going to a silly movie was always a giggle.
Origin of giggle
1500-1510
1500-10; imitative; compare Dutch gigelen, German gickeln. See -le
Related forms
giggler, noun
gigglingly, adverb
giggly, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. snicker, snigger, chuckle.
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  • “Yes,” said I, and all the boys began to giggle as if something clever had been said.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Then he began to giggle because her bare shoulders were right under his nose.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • And that would be Etta's hint to look cute and giggle and say, 'Well!

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Bessy began to giggle and to move herself about in a very uneasy way.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • They could giggle, and nudge and comment like girls together, and did.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for giggle

giggle

/ˈɡɪɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to laugh nervously or foolishly
noun
2.
such a laugh
3.
(informal) something or someone that provokes amusement
4.
the giggles, a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling
5.
(informal) for a giggle, as a joke or prank; not seriously
Derived Forms
giggler, noun
giggling, noun, adjective
gigglingly, adverb
giggly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for giggle
v.

c.1500, probably imitative. Related: Giggled; giggling; giggly. As a noun from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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