[ gig-uhl ]
/ ˈgɪg əl /

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.

Nearby words

  1. gigantomachy,
  2. gigantomastia,
  3. gigantopithecus,
  4. gigaton,
  5. gigawatt,
  6. giggly,
  7. giglet,
  8. gigli,
  9. gigli, beniamino,
  10. giglot

Origin of giggle

1500–10; imitative; compare Dutch gigelen, German gickeln. See -le

Related formsgig·gler, noungig·gling·ly, adverbgig·gly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for giggler


/ (ˈɡɪɡəl) /


(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 giggler



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

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