to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement.
a tittering laugh.
- tit·ter·er, noun
- tit·ter·ing·ly, adverb
- un·tit·ter·ing, adjective
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How to use titter in a sentence
In the audience, there was tittering; the upperclassmen were enjoying their sport.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon | Robert Sam Anson | March 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You can almost hear the adolescent tittering in the background.Media Reactions to Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson-Obama Cover Story | Kevin Fallon | August 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Every so often I find myself tittering during a play or a movie, provoked by seeing a target so well hit.
The bridesmaids relieved their feelings by many salutes and much tittering.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
They don't have to meet a daily schedule, don't have to spread canvas in the rain or look at a mob tittering yokels all the time.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
Volleys of laughter crackled around the arena, and the delighted spectators settled, tittering, back into their seats.Kings in Exile | Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
The tittering swells into a roar, and at last Beckmesser, cursing Sachs for a deceiver and false friend, flies.Richard Wagner | John F. Runciman
Not the least; they are both tittering and giggling merrily; they are accustomed to it, and habit is second nature.Lands of the Slave and the Free | Henry A. Murray
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
- titterer, noun
- tittering, adjective
- titteringly, adverb
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