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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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  • There was giggling and a scrambling after a copper that had dropped and rolled.

    Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Besides the youngsters were giggling and laughing and joking most of the night.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • The vision chuckled and beat a swift, giggling retreat to a dark spot among the pines, where other giggles awaited her.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • Fancy me reading, with about 140 boys and young men all giggling at the Professor!

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • What sunny faces will break though the fogs of November—what giggling will drown the cutting blasts of January!

British Dictionary definitions for giggling

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 giggling

giggle

v.

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

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