chuckle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chuckle laugh quietly or with restraint
    • n chuckle a soft partly suppressed laugh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chuckle A short, suppressed laugh; the expression of satisfaction, exultation, or derision.
    • Chuckle To call, as a hen her chickens; to cluck.
    • Chuckle To fondle; to cocker.
    • v. i Chuckle To laugh in a suppressed or broken manner, as expressing inward satisfaction, exultation, or derision.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chuckle To make a clucking sound, as a hen.
    • chuckle To laugh in a suppressed, covert, or sly manner; express inward satisfaction, derision, or exultation by subdued laughter.
    • chuckle To call by chucking or clucking, as a hen her chicks.
    • chuckle as a chuckle.
    • n chuckle The call of a hen to her young; a cluck.
    • n chuckle A sly suppressed laugh, expressive of satisfaction, exultation, or the like; hence, any similar sound.
    • chuckle To chuck under the chin; fondle.
    • chuckle To rock upon its center while rotating, as the runner of a grinding-mill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chuckle chuk′l a kind of laugh: the cry of a hen
    • v.t Chuckle to call, as a hen does her chickens: to caress
    • v.i Chuckle to laugh in a quiet, suppressed manner, indicating derision or enjoyment
    • adj Chuckle chuk′l clumsy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From 1st Chuck
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Chock, a log.

Usage

In literature:

The illicit exercise, the slyer art, and the larger triumph, filled him with chuckles and winks.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
And those on the shore who saw the vessel glide away chuckled gleefully to themselves.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
And he said to himself with a chuckle that the laugh would be on Grumpy Weasel.
"The Tale of Grumpy Weasel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
A little later, there was a chuckle.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
She was aroused by a chuckle from Joe.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Then he chuckled to himself and dropped out of sight.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
Then he chuckled to himself and dropped out of sight.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
At Genevieve's chuckling laugh, Tilly threw a sharper glance toward the two gray creatures attached to the carriage.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
He surveyed the five-dollar bill and chuckled.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
When she asked, Illyanov chuckled and held up a key.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
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In poetry:

How pleasant those buttercup hours
When I pulled thi saft ears,
While gossiping Dallow Water
Chuckled ower its low weirs.
"T' Calf" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
As he his nabadi untied,
The stranger uttered not a word;
His face a kabalakhi hid;
And chuckling laughter soft was heard.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
The wand of Time is waved, and lo!
Revealed Old Christmas stands,
And little children chuckle and crow,
And laugh and clap their hands.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
Till at thy chuckled note,
Thou twinkling bird,
The fairy fancies range,
And, lightly stirred,
Ring little bells of change
From word to word.
"Early Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Nay, when the steps to state are worn
In hollows by the feet of thieves,
And Mammon sits among the sheaves
And chuckles while the reapers mourn:
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
"I want to be new," said the duckling.
"O, ho!" said the wise old owl,
While the guinea-hen cluttered off chuckling
To tell all the rest of the fowl.
"The New Duckling" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

OK, go ahead and chuckle at Mitt Romney's definition of the middle class.
Why Chrysler's new onboard navigation system makes me chuckle.
Doug Melvin chuckles at the suggestion by some that he has enough pitching to deal a starter this winter to fill another hole on his club.
The band's name might get a chuckle out of novelist Harper Lee, yet Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is all about the music, as fans will find out on Saturday, Oct 13, 8 pm, at the Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Road, in (where else?
David Wright's teammates continued to get a chuckle out of the oversized helmet the third baseman wore in his return from a concussion Tuesday.
Gotye hit it out of the park with his song "Somebody that I used to know", and the Internet is full of remixes, but this particular video really made me chuckle.
A volunteer at the Oct 10 mobile food pantry chuckles about the fact unloading flour for distribution to families in need proved to be a messy job.
While browsing the web I came across this amusing list of pick up lines that made me not only chuckle, but realize I just wasted $9 at the theater.
I ran across this one while perusing newspapers from around this great nation of ours, and it made me chuckle.
Chris and Ricky Morning Chuckle.
I had to chuckle when I read Mr Beckman's letter to the editor, in regard to dissolving the frac sand study committee, dated Aug 22.
In the March 6 issue of the Syracuse New Times, we published a Michael Davis photo from a Syracuse University men's basketball game that makes us chuckle every time we look at it.
To make matters worse, cops were seen chuckling at the whole incident as the lawyer was led out of court.
A good laugh, chuckle and smile can cure what ails you or just brighten up your day.
The light fluffy roles, where she could best use her long-toothed smile and yolky chuckle, suited her — the ditzy girlfriend, the homely sister, the quirky friend.
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