V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

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.

Usage Examples:

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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