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verb (used without object), chor·tled, chor·tling.
  1. to chuckle gleefully.
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verb (used with object), chor·tled, chor·tling.
  1. to express with a gleeful chuckle: to chortle one's joy.
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  1. 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)
Related formschor·tler, noun
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Related Words

snicker, giggle, cackle, chuckle, crow, titter, snort, guffaw, hee-haw, sniggle

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British Dictionary definitions for chortled


  1. (intr) to chuckle gleefully
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  1. a gleeful chuckle
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Derived Formschortler, noun

Word Origin

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 chortled



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

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