[ 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.


a gleeful chuckle.

Origin of chortle

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

Related forms

chor·tler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chortle


/ (ˈtʃɔːtəl) /


(intr) to chuckle gleefully


a gleeful chuckle

Derived Forms

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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