- to chuckle gleefully.
- to express with a gleeful chuckle: to chortle one's joy.
- a gleeful chuckle.
Origin of chortle
Related Words for chortlingsnicker, giggle, cackle, chuckle, crow, titter, snort, guffaw, hee-haw, sniggle
Examples from the Web for chortling
Contemporary Examples of chortling
The glee and chortling that greeted Mr. Smith is a sign of bitterness and a focus on the past rather than the future.Why Was Executive Greg Smith Shocked by Greed at Goldman Sachs?
March 15, 2012
But they are chortling about how ham-handed Burson's PR guys were.Facebook Smear Blame Game
May 13, 2011
Historical Examples of chortling
"'Course they'll all get together to-morrow and have it in for us," said the Gutter Pup, chortling.Skippy Bedelle
A faint hoot came to them through the chortling of the wind.The Pillar of Light
They were chortling, pointing at each other, mugging for the camera.Makers
"Yes," said the other, chortling over the "copy" his colleagues were missing.The Postmaster's Daughter
It was then that Gwendolyn heard the nurse muttering and chortling to herself.The Poor Little Rich Girl
- (intr) to chuckle gleefully
- a gleeful chuckle
Word Origin for chortle
Word Origin and History for chortling
coined 1872 by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass," perhaps from chuckle and snort. Related: Chortled; chortling. As a noun, from 1903.