- to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement.
- a tittering laugh.
Origin of titter
Synonyms for titter
Examples from the Web for tittering
Contemporary Examples of tittering
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
Historical Examples of tittering
When I stopped, the tittering had ceased; silence saluted me.The First Violin
One heard from the depths of the jungle the tittering of a hyena.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
People sitting near the platform were tittering and laughing.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
The same sputtering of syllables was heard, drowned by the tittering of the class.Madame Bovary
Behind him he caught snatches of tittering voices in whisper.Revolution
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- (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.