- 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
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Examples from the Web for chuckle
“I have no idea how many of them have had military training before,” he tells me later with a chuckle.Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?
November 24, 2014
“We need to call it something else,” Mitchell offered with a chuckle.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
“During the test, we tried all the dances and I nailed none of them,” says Boseman with a chuckle.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger
August 4, 2014
A group of local teens in the small town got a chuckle out of the “rich kid” driving a “funny ass car.”Tennessee Not Impressed By Bonnaroo
Daniel G. Hill
June 13, 2014
Before you chuckle, the city is famous for its bagels…think crispy and almost scooped out.The Foodie Capital of Canada
May 31, 2014
Miss Milbrey nodded encouragement, seeming to chuckle inwardly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then the chuckle came again, and he added emphatically: "But I will!"Within the Law
"Yes, prob'ly it was something about 'em," Pa assented with a chuckle.The Bacillus of Beauty
Linda tried hard but she could not suppress a chuckle: "Of course you would!"Her Father's Daughter
The sympathetic Toodles welcomed this opening for a chuckle.The Secret Agent
- to laugh softly or to oneself
- (of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound
- a partly suppressed laugh
Word Origin and History for chuckle
1590s, frequentative of Middle English chukken "make a clucking noise" (late 14c.), of echoic origin. It originally meant "noisy laughter." Related: Chuckled; chuckling.
1754, from chuckle (v.).