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 giggling

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

Examples from the Web for giggling

Contemporary Examples of giggling

Historical Examples of giggling

  • The introduction completed, they stood looking at him, giggling and giggling.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • Some of the girls were giggling in the darkness as their men pressed close to them.


    Emile Zola

  • They were at the gate of Ballawhaine by this time, and Ross went through it giggling.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • "Ah, you are sensible I see; that pleases me," said Rolla, giggling.

  • As a girl she had possibly been pretty in a dimpled, giggling sort of way.

British Dictionary definitions for giggling



(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 giggling



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper