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

Examples from the Web for giggly

Contemporary Examples of giggly

Historical Examples of giggly

  • Yet, tired as they were, they were still attempting forlorn, giggly little jokes and friendly greetings.

    The Rosie World

    Parker Fillmore

  • When I come home I may be nothing but a giggly, childishly happy old lady, who doesn't care a rap whether her skin fits or not.

  • "Aberner Rollins," she wrote very carefully in her round, childish hand, with a giggly flourish at the tail-tip of each word.

    Rainy Week

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • There was another, a giggly, gurgly lady with gray hair fluffed up into a pompadour.

    The Happy Family

    Bertha Muzzy Bower

  • Kind of braced me for swingin' past all that row of giggly lady typists and on into Mr. Robert's private office.

British Dictionary definitions for giggly



(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 giggly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper