[ chuhk-uh l ]
/ ˈtʃʌk əl /

verb (used without object), chuck·led, chuck·ling.

to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction: They chuckled at the child's efforts to walk.
to laugh to oneself: to chuckle while reading.
Obsolete. to cluck, as a fowl.


a soft laugh, usually of satisfaction.
Obsolete. the cluck of a hen.

Origin of chuckle

First recorded in 1590–1600; chuck3 + -le

Related forms

chuck·ler, nounchuck·ling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chuckle


/ (ˈtʃʌkəl) /

verb (intr)

to laugh softly or to oneself
(of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound


a partly suppressed laugh

Derived Forms

chuckler, nounchucklingly, adverb

Word Origin for chuckle

C16: probably from chuck ³
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