Definition of titter in English:

titter

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Give a short, half-suppressed laugh; giggle:

    ‘her stutter caused the children to titter’
    • ‘But even beyond that, she had a great sense of humor, and while the other women tittered, she had a rich, throaty laugh.’
    • ‘They squeaked and tittered and scolded each other.’
    • ‘Yes the Boss was there in his ‘casual’ clothes, making sure he had a word or two with everyone, making jovial quips that we all tittered to and then wished that either you or he were somewhere else.’
    • ‘Brown flashed a knowing look into the gallery, and a few people, for want of a better word, tittered.’
    • ‘He riffed on that theme while the crowd tittered.’
    • ‘They tittered and hurried away into a room behind them.’
    • ‘His daughter tittered behind her slim, white hand.’
    • ‘He read the passage in his Southern drawl as Jay and the audience tittered.’
    • ‘When he proclaimed that ‘God is still sovereign, no matter what federal judges say,’ the crowd tittered and applauded.’
    • ‘The crowd of Recruits behind Sam tittered with amusement.’
    • ‘The rest of the class tittered as I told him in my sternest teacher voice that we would be having a class bathroom break once everyone was quiet and in his seat.’
    • ‘Call me a cynic, but I tittered when I heard a rumour that a high street bank considering sponsoring student comedy shows.’
    • ‘Women tittered nervously at the implications of age and sexual boundaries.’
    • ‘Later on the custom was abolished because vulgar people tittered and the dignity of the elephants or their mahouts was wounded.’
    • ‘As he disappeared down the train all the chaps tittered.’
    • ‘The class tittered in silent laugher and low snickers.’
    • ‘The audience titters nervously, not laughing with the melodrama, but at it.’
    • ‘All dressed in lovely spring gowns, the young women giggled and tittered, no better than my twelve-year-old sister.’
    • ‘Anyway, she told this joke that I thought was so funny I hooted with laughter, which was quite embarrassing as the rest of the audience only tittered politely.’
    • ‘The rest of the audience tittered as the main character made baby-noises and hopped across stage, pausing and turning to stare at the enraptured hundreds at every step.’
    giggle, snigger, snicker, tee-hee, give a half-suppressed laugh, chuckle
    smirk, sneer, simper
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noun

  • A short, half-suppressed laugh:

    ‘there were titters from the gallery’
    • ‘Moore was hoping for some polite titters, but the audience exploded into laughter.’
    • ‘You will be giving a lot of laughs, smiles, giggles, chuckles, hoots, snorts, cackle, titters, grins and guffaws.’
    • ‘Literally hundreds of people heard him, with great laughter from the Kilkenny supporters and nervous titters from the Tipp lads.’
    • ‘The comment earned a titter of laughter from her fellow Oath-takers.’
    • ‘There was a titter of laughter but we smothered it before it became a guffaw.’
    • ‘The nervous assemblage of 160 immigrants ready to raise their right hand and swear the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ breaks into titters.’
    • ‘These will now be broadcast on Radio Scotland on Saturdays later in the year, so everyone will have a chance for both a titter and, in parts, a great big belly laugh.’
    • ‘This was followed by a titter of female laughter and a hushed, ‘Stop it, Henry!’’
    • ‘‘I don't go into any tournament thinking it would be great to lose,’ he growled to a series of nervous titters from his audience.’
    • ‘It describes a show in a small theatre space, where the performer establishes a close relationship (no titters please) with the audience.’
    • ‘The sound of nerves jangling followed swiftly by titters of laughter tinged with relief percolating through the air has become a common occurrence at White Hart Lane in recent weeks.’
    • ‘The titter of laughter that went up at the end of many choruses was composed of a mixture of mirth and self-recognition.’
    • ‘There were lots of head shaking, raised eyebrows and titters of laughter as Bacon got himself into a hole and kept digging.’
    • ‘In a truly democratic fashion, she encouraged comments from the gathering, all the time trying to poke fun at everything, and causing titters, chuckles and guffaws to break out intermittently.’
    • ‘There was admiring applause at the end but little more than titters throughout a show misguidedly billed as ‘hilariously funny’.’
    • ‘While reading, I ranged from smiles to titters to outright belly laughs.’
    • ‘One possible reaction was laughter, although a very different laughter to the embarrassed titters of a modern school group when sex-ed comes around.’
    • ‘I guess it was funny to some people because there was a titter of laughter.’
    • ‘Even the mention of the word ‘bra’ could provoke a snort of laughter in the Sixties if not an outbreak of titters.’
    • ‘We, the lurking mass of mums, immediately went into ‘dearie me/never mind/accidents happen’ mode, but as soon as the poor kid had squelched off home, the titters began.’
    giggle, snigger, snicker, tee-hee, half-suppressed laugh, chuckle
    smirk, sneer, simper
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Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation:

titter

/ˈtɪtə/