giggle

Definitions

  • Giggles-wick Grammar School
    Giggles-wick Grammar School
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v giggle laugh nervously "The girls giggled when the rock star came into the classroom"
    • n giggle a foolish or nervous laugh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Giggle A kind of laugh, with short catches of the voice or breath; a light, silly laugh.
    • v. t Giggle To laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; to laugh in a light, affected, or silly manner; to titter with childish levity. "Giggling and laughing with all their might
      At the piteous hap of the fairy wight."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • giggle To laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; laugh in a silly or affected manner; titter.
    • n giggle A low, spasmodic, affected laugh, in a series of short gasps or catches of the breath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Giggle gig′l to laugh with short catches of the breath, or in a silly manner
    • n Giggle a laugh of this kind
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “So much alarmed that she is quite alarming, All Giggle, Blush, half Pertness, and half Pout.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to gaggle,: cf. OD. ghichelen, G. kichern,

Usage

In literature:

It's so rude, you know, to giggle at a time like that, isn't it?
"Dick, Marjorie and Fidge" by G. E. Farrow
The girls giggled and kicked little feet.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Still giggling she set the tray down in the kitchen and told Cook-mother Charity about it.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Percy, peeping through the half open door, was grinning, and Nancy stifled a giggle.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
The first sentence made her gasp, and at the second, she giggled outright.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
It was long past midnight when the last joke was told, the last giggle suppressed.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
Some of the girls began to giggle; the fat one looked a little scared, and for the moment seemed to lose a very hearty appetite.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Isabel giggled again, a little ostentatiously, and covered her mouth with the palm of her hand.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
When I giggled, I know he wanted to slap me.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Anna came down the hall, evidently trying to restrain a giggle at his dusty appearance.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
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In poetry:

"Where is the pain that long has preyed
Upon you in so sad a way, sir?"
The Turk he giggled, blushed, and said:
I don't exactly like to say, sir."
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Neighbours all are coming over to the party,
All the busy boys, all the giggling girlies,
Whiffs of certain things wafted from the kitchen--
Simply delicious.
"R.S.V.P." by Franklin Pierce Adams
The sun and the wind are akin to you,
As you are akin to June.
But the fiddle! . . . It giggles and twitters about,
And, love and laughter! who gave him the cue? -
He's playing your favourite tune.
"There Is A Wheel Inside My Head" by William Ernest Henley
And the Amazons simpered and sighed,
And they ogled, and giggled, and flushed,
And they opened their pretty eyes wide,
And they chuckled, and flirted, and blushed
(At least, if they could, they'd have blushed).
"King Borria Bungalee Boo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I had given you the pale rays which pour, magic and unreal,
On the brow of genius-angels, of angel turned ideal;
I changed demon into vestal, giggles into symphony,
And your leering sidelong glanced into the Aurora's glee.
"Venus and Madonna" by Mihai Eminescu
An' dat Tildy, umph! she giggled, an' she gin huh dress a flirt
Lak de people she was passin' was ez common ez de dirt;
An' de minit she was dancin', w'y dat gal put on mo' aihs
Dan a cat a-tekin' kittens up a paih o' windin' staihs.
"How Lucy Backslid" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

She giggled as any 7-year-old in the spotlight might.
Even though the game was Monday night, I just stopped giggling about the Yankees getting bounced five minutes ago.
They spent the whole night talking, flirting, giggling and whispering to each other.
I've got to admit, I giggled like a schoolgirl the first time JCVD appeared.
Their giggles are cute, but not too cute.
This particularly giggle-worthy mash-up combines the colorful animation of 'My Little Pony' with the epic drama of ' Lord of the Rings.
Sunrise Manor 's costume contest offers plenty of shrieks and giggles.
This particularly giggle-worthy mash -up combines the colorful animation of 'My Little Pony' with the epic drama of 'Lord of the Rings.
They talk and giggle wherever they go, whatever they're doing, no matter how many looks they receive.
NEW YORK — Barbara and Jenna Bush changed their minds and, giggling the entire time, made their first speeches on prime-time TV Tuesday.
Whenever a man starts to make love to me, I get the serious giggles.
A high note that you will be giggling to as well.
I'm telling you it starts a giggle fest (well it did in my 5-year old).
Yes, pediatricians still must have talent and good academic credentials, but they should also know how to put children at ease -- and that might be with a giggle.
You didn't know penguins could giggle.
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