Definition of chuckle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHək(ə)l/


[no object]
Laugh quietly or inwardly: I chuckled at the astonishment on her face [with direct speech]: “That’s a bit strong, isn’t it?” he chuckled
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.
giggle, chortle, titter, tee-hee, snicker, snigger


[in singular]
A quiet or suppressed laugh.
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈCHəklər/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with chuckle

buckle, knuckle, muckle, ruckle, suckle, truckle

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Syllabification: chuck·le

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