- The definition of a chortle is a chuckle or breathy, gleeful laugh.
The breathy laugh you make when someone is tickling you is an example of a chortle.
- To chortle is to laugh in a breathy and joyful way.
When someone is tickling you and you make a snorting chuckle sound, this is an example of a time when you chortle.
transitive verbchortled, chortling
Origin of chortlecoined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass, probably chuckle + snort
intr. & tr.v.chor·tled, chor·tling, chor·tles
Origin of chortleBlend of chuckle and snort.
(third-person singular simple present chortles, present participle chortling, simple past and past participle chortled)
- (intransitive) To laugh with a chortle or chortles.
- The old fellow chortled as he recalled his youthful adventures.