chortle

[ chawr-tl ]
/ ˈtʃɔr tl /

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.

noun

a gleeful chuckle.

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Origin of chortle

blend of chuckle and snort; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass (1871)

OTHER WORDS FROM chortle

chortler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chortle

chortle
/ (ˈtʃɔːtəl) /

verb

(intr) to chuckle gleefully

noun

a gleeful chuckle

Derived forms of chortle

chortler, 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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