- to chuckle gleefully.
- to express with a gleeful chuckle: to chortle one's joy.
- a gleeful chuckle.
Origin of chortle
Examples from the Web for chortle
Lewis Carroll really did introduce the word “chortle” to the English language in his 1871 poem Jabberwocky.Why Big Data Doesn’t Live up to the Hype
January 4, 2014
He appeared also to be saying he had inside information about it that he could only chortle about, unable to spell it out.A Keith Olbermann Hint From Morning Joe
May 25, 2011
They will not actually steal, but they will cheat you every time and chortle over it.The American Egypt
Another of Lewis Carroll's words, chortle, is even more used.Stories That Words Tell Us
They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.Skyrider
B. M. Bower
It rose again—it was like a perplexing cheep and chirrup, changing to a chortle of glee.A Reversible Santa Claus
A dirty, yellow hand seized the bag; there was a chortle of exultation, and the two scurried out of the room.Riders of the Silences
- (intr) to chuckle gleefully
- a gleeful chuckle
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.