verb (used without object), chor·tled, chor·tling.

to chuckle gleefully.

verb (used with object), chor·tled, chor·tling.

to express with a gleeful chuckle: to chortle one's joy.


a gleeful chuckle.

Origin of chortle

blend of chuckle and snort; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
Related formschor·tler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chortle

Contemporary Examples of chortle

Historical Examples of chortle

  • They will not actually steal, but they will cheat you every time and chortle over it.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

  • Another of Lewis Carroll's words, chortle, is even more used.

  • They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.


    B. M. Bower

  • It rose again—it was like a perplexing cheep and chirrup, changing to a chortle of glee.

    A Reversible Santa Claus

    Meredith Nicholson

  • A dirty, yellow hand seized the bag; there was a chortle of exultation, and the two scurried out of the room.

British Dictionary definitions for chortle



(intr) to chuckle gleefully


a gleeful chuckle
Derived Formschortler, noun

Word Origin for chortle

C19: coined (1871) by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass; probably a blend of chuckle + snort
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Word Origin and History for chortle

coined 1872 by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass," perhaps from chuckle and snort. Related: Chortled; chortling. As a noun, from 1903.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper