Definition of giggle in English:


Syllabification: gig·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈɡiɡəl


[no object]
Laugh lightly in a nervous, affected, or silly manner: they giggled at some private joke (as adjective giggling) three giggling girls
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  • The girls were giggling nervously and the boys were introducing themselves.
  • I walked over to the two young girls who were giggling about how some cute guys had talked to them.
  • I sit and watch the others drift carelessly in, laughing and giggling about sordid things.


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1A light, silly laugh.
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  • But the chortles, chuckles and giggles are part of a much more serious project.
  • At this seemingly baseless threat, Henry laughed an insane giggle which rang all throughout the courtyard.
  • Maybe the sequel would bring a giggle and a laugh.
1.1 (the giggles) Continuous uncontrollable giggling: I got a fit of the giggles
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  • And first the girls got the giggles, and then I did, and then even the King.
  • The first symptoms appeared on January 30, when three girls got the giggles and couldn't stop laughing.
  • The girls burst into another fit of the giggles.


early 16th century: imitative.



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  • Even the hard-core gigglers fell instantly asleep.
  • One Sunday, my class of ten year olds were giggling uncontrollably, and I remembered that the previous day in synagogue, the mother of one of the key gigglers had looked at me oddly.
  • I'm a real giggler and I sometimes have to nip myself until it hurts to stop myself.


adjective (gigglier, giggliest)
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  • You couldn't help smiling and feeling all giggly and excited.
  • It is a far cry from the gap-toothed, giddy, baby smile he wore as an infant, or the giggly grin that he wore as a toddler.
  • I was making him all giggly and amusing him with my witty antics.

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