V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a quiet laugh or chuckle; (v.) to laugh quietly, often with restraint
Synonyms: cackle, chuckle, snicker, giggle, snort
Tips: Lewis Carroll coined chortle in "Through the Looking Glass." It is probably a blend of chuckle and snort and connotes a good-natured, restrained gesture of humor.
He accidentally chortled a bit to himself during the board meeting, then feigned a cough. (chuckle, snicker) verb
I let out a chortle when I was looking for my glasses and then found them on my head. (chuckle, giggle) noun
Even though no one else seemed to find his joke amusing, he still chortled to himself. (chucked) verb
His chortle surprised me because I didn't know he could be so easily amused. (giggle, chuckle, snicker) noun
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