verb (used without object)

to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement.


a tittering laugh.

Nearby words

  1. titrate,
  2. titration,
  3. titre,
  4. titrimetric,
  5. tits and ass,
  6. tittie,
  7. titties,
  8. tittivate,
  9. tittle,
  10. tittle-tattle

Origin of titter

1610–20; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse tittra to quiver, Swedish (dial.) tittra to giggle

Related formstit·ter·er, nountit·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·tit·ter·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for titter



(intr) to snigger, esp derisively or in a suppressed way
(tr) to express by tittering


a suppressed laugh, chuckle, or snigger
Derived Formstitterer, nountittering, adjectivetitteringly, adverb

Word Origin for titter

C17: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for titter



1610s, "giggle in a suppressed or covert way," probably of imitative origin. Related: Tittered; tittering. The noun is first recorded 1728.

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