- 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.
- a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.
- Slang. an amusing experience, incident, etc.: Going to a silly movie was always a giggle.
Origin of giggle
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Examples from the Web for giggle
They will shriek and giggle, half-scared and half-delighted, when their father pretends to be a monster that will eat them up.The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies
June 4, 2014
The Golden Girls can make you giggle, then wipe a tear, in a twenty-second span.Thank You for Being a Friend: Why TV Re-runs Never Grow Old
May 10, 2014
The second he does, her giggle sends the Queen of Spades cascading to the brown tile floor below.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
But Camille had to play her part—so she got mad at Sebastian on camera, trying not to giggle through the scene.The Surreal Genius of Bravo’s Rich Kids Docudrama ‘NYC Prep’
April 23, 2014
The giggle fit continues, finally abated with a gratified sigh.Danielle Brooks, Taystee on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ Is the Breakout Star of the Year
December 11, 2013
“Yes,” said I, and all the boys began to giggle as if something clever had been said.The First Violin
Then he began to giggle because her bare shoulders were right under his nose.L'Assommoir
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
- (intr) to laugh nervously or foolishly
- such a laugh
- informal something or someone that provokes amusement
- the giggles a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling
- for a giggle informal as a joke or prank; not seriously
Word Origin and History for giggle
c.1500, probably imitative. Related: Giggled; giggling; giggly. As a noun from 1570s.