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giggle Line breaks: gig¦gle
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪɡ(ə)l/

Definition of giggle in English:


[no object]
Laugh lightly and repeatedly in a silly way, from amusement, nervousness, or embarrassment: they giggled at some private joke (as adjective giggling) three young, giggling girls
More example sentences
  • 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.
titter, snigger, snicker, tee-hee, give a half-suppressed laugh, chuckle, chortle;
smirk, sneer, simper


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1A light, silly laugh.
Example sentences
  • 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.
titter, snigger, snicker, tee-hee, half-suppressed laugh, chuckle, chortle;
smirk, sneer, simper
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.
1.2British informal An amusing person or thing; a joke: it should be a right giggle


Early 16th century: imitative.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡɪɡlə/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with giggle

higgle, jiggle, niggle, sniggle, squiggle, wiggle, wriggle

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