titter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v titter laugh nervously "The girls giggled when the rock star came into the classroom"
    • n titter a nervous restrained laugh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Titter A restrained laugh. "There was a titter of . . . delight on his countenance."
    • v. t Titter To laugh with the tongue striking against the root of the upper teeth; to laugh with restraint, or without much noise; to giggle. "A group of tittering pages ran before."
    • v. i Titter To seesaw. See Teeter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • titter To move back and forth; sway; waver.
    • titter To teeter; seesaw.
    • titter To tremble.
    • titter To laugh in a restrained or nervous manner, as from suppressed mirth, pleasure, or embarrassment; giggle; snicker.
    • n titter A restrained or nervous laugh; a giggle; a snicker. There's a titter of winds in that beechen tree.
    • n titter A weed, probably the hairy vetch. See tine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Titter tit′ėr to giggle, snicker, or laugh with the tongue striking the teeth: to laugh restrainedly
    • n Titter a restrained laugh
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably of imitative origin

Usage

In literature:

He was spurred on to outdo himself because he had heard a titter or two behind him.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Timothy did not see her frown; he did not hear the children's titters.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Curtis did actually laugh; even his distraught companion tittered in sheer nervous reaction.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
He tittered again and suddenly found himself out of patience with them.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Venus and Cupid tittered in the background.
"Ixion In Heaven" by Benjamin Disraeli
After that Freddie Firefly had to listen to a good many titters from his friends.
"The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug" by Arthur Scott Bailey
People began to whisper and titter.
"Captain Mansana and Mother's Hands" by Björnstjerne Björnson
Two girls tittered, thoughtlessly exchanging vapid remarks about such extraordinary behavior.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Gaskill and Cousin Charley were tittering and laughing.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
There were even suppressed titters from behind the scenes.
"Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
There is incessant vulgar Giggling and Tittering, and 5 meals a Day, Becky says.
"Two Suffolk Friends" by Francis Hindes Groome
Some skipped merrily up to the door; others sauntered more slowly, tittering excitedly as they went along.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
She said it to my face and tittered.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
I heard giggling and tittering breaking out all around the room, like rash on a baby with the measles.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
There were, however, concealed titterings and suppressed whispers.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The audience began to titter, and I felt uneasy.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
A friendly titter followed this request.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The audience cannot hiss in private theatricals, but they could not help a suppressed titter, which confused Crawley still more.
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
There was a titter among the spectators.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
The titter of the crowd spurred his rage into fury.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
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In poetry:

Why is that wanton gossip Fame
So dumb about this man's affairs?
Why do we titter at his name
Who come to buy his curious wares?
"Delicatessen" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
THE party rose; the titter circled round;
And each sufficient reason for it found;
The whole was secret, and whoe'er had gained,
With care upon the subject mute remained.
"The Cradle" by Jean de La Fontaine
"Where I was almost weeping; I dared not
Weep quite in those days, lest one maid should say,
In tittering whispers: 'Where is Launcelot
To wipe with some kerchief those tears away?'
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
Another sighed,-'O Mother, -Mother, - Dad!'
Then smiled at nothing, childlike, being dead.
And the lofty Shrapnel-cloud
Leisurely gestured,-Fool!
And the splinters spat, and tittered.
"The Last Laugh" by Wilfred Owen
Little trotty wagtail he went in the rain,
And tittering, tottering sideways he neer got straight again,
He stooped to get a worm, and looked up to get a fly,
And then he flew away ere his feathers they were dry.
"Little Trotty Wagtail" by John Clare
Oh dey 's times fu' bein' pleasant an' fu' goin' smilin' roun',
'Cause I don't believe in people allus totin' roun' a frown,
But it's easy 'nough to titter w'en de stew is smokin' hot,
But hit's mighty ha'd to giggle w'en dey's nuffin' in de pot.
"Philosophy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

The grass was too water soaked to walk upon, and as I balanced myselfalong the tittering sidewalk, I realized Marengo "had" been affected by the flood.
It would be so easy to titter and scoff at Shall We Dance.
The American Association of University Women, a group with 135,000 members, is demanding that Mattel Inc to recall and reprogram a talking Barbie doll that titters, "Math class is tough".
Today marks the nationwide roll-out of Burger King's summer menu, complete with a Bacon Sundae that has been the source of much nervous tittering, liberal hand-wringing, and cool dismissiveness these past few days.
Audience grew restless and tittered over some of the film's melodrama.
I n February, the media started tittering over erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, by British author E.
There's Edward, all a-titter with anticipation, but who is that mysterious bride walking down the aisle to meet him.
Massachusetts State Representative Marie St Fleur is zigzagging toward the podium at the front of a Miami hotel ballroom, and dozens of Haitian-American women titter with each step she takes.
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