Chortle definition

chôrtl
Such a sound.
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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.

verb
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To utter a chortle or express with a chortle.
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A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle.

He frequently interrupted himself with chortles while he told us his favorite joke.

noun
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(intransitive) To laugh with a chortle or chortles.

The old fellow chortled as he recalled his youthful adventures.

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To make, or utter with, a gleeful chuckling or snorting sound.
verb
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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.

noun
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A snorting, joyful laugh or chuckle.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chortle
Plural:
chortles

Origin of chortle

  • Blend of chuckle snort

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem Jabberwocky, perhaps as a blend of chuckle and snort.

    From Wiktionary