- to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement.
- a tittering laugh.
Origin of titter
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Contemporary Examples of titter
Like a Kinsey Report for the big-data era, there's a gold mine of findings here to titter about.Heartache by the Numbers and OkCupid’s Founder Has Got Yours
October 6, 2014
Admittedly, Weinergate came with a set of fun photos to titter over.Pelosi Boots Another Scoundrel
July 26, 2011
Historical Examples of titter
In the middle of it I saw Clara begin to titter, but she did not interrupt him.Wilfrid Cumbermede
"Have a care of the sentinel on the hill-top," Sakr-el-Bahr admonished him, provoking a titter.The Sea-Hawk
For a moment there was silence, save for a titter from the group of seamen.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
And best of all, there's no mob of nit-wits to titter and smirk.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
There was a titter of laughter at this piece of information.The Hero of Garside School
J. Harwood Panting
- (intr) to snigger, esp derisively or in a suppressed way
- (tr) to express by tittering
- a suppressed laugh, chuckle, or snigger
Word Origin for titter
1610s, "giggle in a suppressed or covert way," probably of imitative origin. Related: Tittered; tittering. The noun is first recorded 1728.