- 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 chuckled
I admit, I chuckled when I read the phrase “boomtown effects” in the New York report.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
Rich, the married father of two young boys, chuckled accommodatingly.‘Outnumbered’: The Making of a Fox News Hit
October 13, 2014
And so the 20 or so people, sitting alone at the Empire 25 in Times Square, chuckled quietly.Glenn Beck’s Anti-Common Core Kumbaya Moment
July 23, 2014
Vallée chuckled, responding, “Never,” and asking whether there were even any trans actors.Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer
July 10, 2014
As I moved past the T-shirts, two guys walking past me looked back, and one chuckled.Preparing for War in Indianapolis: Inside the NRA Plot to Terrify America
April 28, 2014
Burke chuckled, as the young man took the paper, wonderingly.
He chuckled as he added: "That Turner woman saved you the trouble with one."
And he chuckled and rubbed his lean hands together as I had so often seen him do.The Bacillus of Beauty
The Old Man chuckled to himself and went back to his welding.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
"It wad hit the pair of 'em," McNab chuckled, and with that word the Devil conquered.Quaint Courtships
- to laugh softly or to oneself
- (of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound
- a partly suppressed laugh
Word Origin and History for chuckled
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.).