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[gig-uh l] /ˈgɪg əl/
verb (used without object), giggled, giggling.
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
1500-10; imitative; compare Dutch gigelen, German gickeln. See -le
Related forms
giggler, noun
gigglingly, adverb
giggly, adjective
1, 2. snicker, snigger, chuckle. Unabridged
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  • Yet, tired as they were, they were still attempting forlorn, giggly little jokes and friendly greetings.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • When I come home I may be nothing but a giggly, childishly happy old lady, who doesn't care a rap whether her skin fits or not.

    Lady of the Decoration Frances Little
  • "Aberner Rollins," she wrote very carefully in her round, childish hand, with a giggly flourish at the tail-tip of each word.

    Rainy Week Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • There was another, a giggly, gurgly lady with gray hair fluffed up into a pompadour.

    The Happy Family Bertha Muzzy Bower
  • Kind of braced me for swingin' past all that row of giggly lady typists and on into Mr. Robert's private office.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • And then here a few days later I runs across him making for the 5:03 with two giggly young sub-debs in tow.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for giggly


(intransitive) to laugh nervously or foolishly
such a laugh
(informal) something or someone that provokes amusement
the giggles, a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for giggly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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