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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: From the sound

giggle

1 verb
     
giggle
gig‧gle1 past tense and past participle giggled, present participle giggling [intransitive]
to laugh quickly, quietly, and in a high voice, because something is funny or because you are nervous or embarrassed:
If you can't stop giggling you'll have to leave the room.
WORD FOCUS: laugh WORD FOCUS: laugh
giggle to laugh repeatedly in a silly way because you are amused, embarrassed, or nervous
snigger
to laugh unkindly and quietly, especially at something that is not meant to be funny
chuckle
to laugh quietly, especially because you are thinking about something funny
roar/howl with laughter
to laugh very loudly because you think something is very funny
be in hysterics
to laugh uncontrollably
crack up
informal to suddenly start laughing a lot


See also
laugh

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