verb (used without object), gig·gled, gig·gling.

to laugh in a silly, often high-pitched way, especially with short, repeated gasps and titters, as from juvenile or ill-concealed amusement or nervous embarrassment.


a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.
Slang. an amusing experience, incident, etc.: Going to a silly movie was always a giggle.

Origin of giggle

1500–10; imitative; compare Dutch gigelen, German gickeln. See -le
Related formsgig·gler, noungig·gling·ly, adverbgig·gly, adjective

Synonyms for giggle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for giggle

snicker, guffaw, cackle, chuckle, chortle, snigger, titter, twitter, hee-haw

Examples from the Web for giggle

Contemporary Examples of giggle

Historical Examples of giggle

  • “Yes,” said I, and all the boys began to giggle as if something clever had been said.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Then he began to giggle because her bare shoulders were right under his nose.


    Emile Zola

  • And that would be Etta's hint to look cute and giggle and say, 'Well!

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Bessy began to giggle and to move herself about in a very uneasy way.

    The Fairchild Family

    Mary Martha Sherwood

  • They could giggle, and nudge and comment like girls together, and did.


    Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for giggle



(intr) to laugh nervously or foolishly


such a laugh
informal something or someone that provokes amusement
the giggles a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling
for a giggle informal as a joke or prank; not seriously
Derived Formsgiggler, noungiggling, noun, adjectivegigglingly, adverbgiggly, adjective

Word Origin for giggle

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for giggle

c.1500, probably imitative. Related: Giggled; giggling; giggly. As a noun from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper