[ chawr-tl ]
/ ˈtʃɔr tl /
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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.
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Origin of chortle
OTHER WORDS FROM chortlechortler, noun
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How to use chortle in a sentence
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?|Zachary Karabell|March 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But they are chortling about how ham-handed Burson's PR guys were.Facebook Smear Blame Game|Dan Lyons|May 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
In the hold, Kerk and Meta had opened some of the crates and were chortling with joy over their lethal contents.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
Chortling with glee, Charon tottered back to his station and put one hand across the beam of a photo-electric eye.Satan and the Comrades|Ralph Bennitt
With exceeding generosity he was not eating a grain himself, but scratching and chortling encouragingly.The Golden Bird|Maria Thompson Daviess
The chortling truck gasped at the curves and tugged on the straightaway, but Robert Fairchild had ceased to hear.The Cross-Cut|Courtney Ryley Cooper
The exclamation was caused by the sound of a voice, not in speaking, but in chortling, 54 as if pleased over something.The Boy Patrol Around the Council Fire|Edward Sylvester Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for chortle
/ (ˈtʃɔːtəl) /
(intr) to chuckle gleefully
a gleeful chuckle
Derived forms of chortlechortler, 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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