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verb (used without object), gig·gled, gig·gling.
  1. 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.
  1. a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.
  2. 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

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  1. (intr) to laugh nervously or foolishly
  1. such a laugh
  2. informal something or someone that provokes amusement
  3. the giggles a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling
  4. 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 giggler



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

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