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titter

[tit-er] /ˈtɪt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement.
noun
2.
a tittering laugh.
Origin of titter
1610-1620
1610-20; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse tittra to quiver, Swedish (dial.) tittra to giggle
Related forms
titterer, noun
titteringly, adverb
untittering, adjective
Synonyms
1. snicker, snigger, giggle.
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  • When I stopped, the tittering had ceased; silence saluted me.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • One heard from the depths of the jungle the tittering of a hyena.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman
  • People sitting near the platform were tittering and laughing.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • The same sputtering of syllables was heard, drowned by the tittering of the class.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Behind him he caught snatches of tittering voices in whisper.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Nor did he face the school again until all the tittering had subsided.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • Quickly Lizzie, tittering and blushing, stepped to the other side of Dave.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • And when I was brought to the font, the parson could not christen me for tittering.

  • It was the funeral of modesty; but the pall was supported by tittering malice.

    The Heroine

    Eaton Stannard Barrett
British Dictionary definitions for tittering

titter

/ˈtɪtə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to snigger, esp derisively or in a suppressed way
2.
(transitive) to express by tittering
noun
3.
a suppressed laugh, chuckle, or snigger
Derived Forms
titterer, noun
tittering, adjective
titteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for tittering

titter

v.

1610s, "giggle in a suppressed or covert way," probably of imitative origin. Related: Tittered; tittering. The noun is first recorded 1728.

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