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chuckle Line breaks: chuckle
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌk(ə)l/

Definition of chuckle in English:


[no object]
Laugh quietly or inwardly: I chuckled at the astonishment on her face
More example sentences
  • The King's official looked at his clerk, and chuckled quietly, shaking his head.
  • They must have also given me something else because I was suddenly very happy: chuckling away in manic fashion.
  • I can almost picture Johnson chuckling to himself when he read this critique of his book.


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A quiet or suppressed laugh: Melissa gave a chuckle
More example sentences
  • And now imagine the quiet chuckle Dylan is having at the fuss he's caused.
  • You always have the feeling they're suppressing the chuckle just until they're off camera.
  • Much to her surprise and frustration, the man seemed to be trying to suppress a chuckle.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'laugh convulsively'): from chuck meaning 'to cluck' in late Middle English.



Example sentences
  • Every Saturday, a merry band of chucklers invites visitors to pack up their troubles and join in.
  • This is yet another post-election chuckler, and another example of shaping the news.
  • He is soft-spoken, a chuckler, who is of the supportive school of managers.

Words that rhyme with chuckle

buckle, knuckle, muckle, ruckle, suckle, truckle

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