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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

Other words for giggle

Other words from giggle

  • giggler, noun
  • gig·gling·ly, adverb
  • giggly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use giggle in a sentence

  • "I see the blackin wan pass," giggles out another gentlmn; and there was such a hinterchange of compliments as you never heerd.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush | William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Jerrys imitation of the sorely-tried French professor evoked a chorus of reminiscent giggles.

  • She was able to answer the telephone or order the carriage without indulging in unseemly giggles.

    Mrs. Vanderstein's jewels | Mrs. Charles Bryce
  • My Cloud-Mother held the garment up for their inspection, and was not at all sensitive to the giggles it provoked.

    Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • How he disliked young girls with their sunburn, their manly strides, their meaningless giggles, their eternal nicknames!

    Balloons | Elizabeth Bibesco

British Dictionary definitions for giggle


/ (ˈɡɪɡəl) /

  1. (intr) to laugh nervously or foolishly

  1. such a laugh

  2. informal something or someone that provokes amusement

  1. the giggles a fit of prolonged and uncontrollable giggling

  2. for a giggle informal as a joke or prank; not seriously

Origin of giggle

C16: of imitative origin

Derived forms of giggle

  • giggler, noun
  • giggling, noun, adjective
  • gigglingly, adverb
  • giggly, adjective

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