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Laugh quietly or inwardly.‘I chuckled at the astonishment on her face’[with direct speech] ‘“That's a bit strong, isn't it?” he chuckled’
chortle, giggle, titter, laugh quietly, tee-hee, snicker, sniggercrowView synonyms
- ‘I can almost picture Johnson chuckling to himself when he read this critique of his book.’
- ‘At this point I'm chuckling madly and can't remember my original question, if there was one.’
- ‘The play is an entertaining romp that was enough to keep this reviewer chuckling for a couple of hours.’
- ‘The two old men on the balcony across the road were still chuckling, for all the world like the two old Muppet men at the opera.’
- ‘Still chuckling, he picked up her mug and purposefully set it on the opposite end of the table.’
- ‘Still chuckling he stretched one leg, then the other and got to his feet.’
- ‘The King's official looked at his clerk, and chuckled quietly, shaking his head.’
- ‘As it turns out, we never get bored with it, and watch the whole damn thing, chuckling like hyenas.’
- ‘I reckon good old St Swithin is chuckling in his beard at the sight.’
- ‘And who knows, with a bit of homework and practice you could be chuckling all the way home after a successful day at the races.’
- ‘They must have also given me something else because I was suddenly very happy: chuckling away in manic fashion.’
- ‘Was it just an honest mistake that airport security personnel are still chuckling over?’
- ‘The day before, Ethan had been lively and was chuckling merrily, despite having a cold.’
- ‘In person, with her long hair down, Guerin is chatty, friendly, occasionally chuckling.’
- ‘An elderly man rolled up his trousers and paddled in the sea, chuckling as the water foamed and tickled at his ankles.’
- ‘I chuckled to myself as my morbid preoccupations melted away, replaced by a deep joy.’
- ‘The elders passing by would always chuckle at his antics.’
- ‘Anyway, on the way out of the cinema, most of the gang were chuckling to themselves about how much they had enjoyed the film.’
- ‘A few polite souls chuckled, but the real joke was that he had already lost something.’
- ‘Calderwood starts to tell a story, then stops, chuckling to himself.’
[in singular] A quiet or suppressed laugh.
- ‘But the chortles, chuckles and giggles are part of a much more serious project.’
- ‘I couldn't hold in my chuckles of laughter and neither, it seemed, could Derek as I saw his shoulders shake.’
- ‘The movie provokes a lot of smiles and chuckles, but few belly laughs.’
- ‘You always have the feeling they're suppressing the chuckle just until they're off camera.’
- ‘They talked happily, their conversation interspersed with chuckles, laughter and jokes.’
- ‘She suppressed a chuckle and nearly choked on her drink when he caught her looking.’
- ‘Guffaws and chuckles follow, and they talk about how they blocked up all the entrances except the big door.’
- ‘This certainly is a laugh aloud book, and I found myself alternating between muffled chuckles and outright guffaws.’
- ‘My trepidation gave way to guilty chuckles, then belly laughs and then genuine admiration.’
- ‘Little more than a minute or two goes by without a chuckle or laugh from the group.’
- ‘However, they were obviously light chuckles, as I can't even recall which parts I laughed at.’
- ‘Bogosian knows how to prime his audience with some chuckles, and then goad them into a few uneasy laughs.’
- ‘Much to her surprise and frustration, the man seemed to be trying to suppress a chuckle.’
- ‘In ‘Memoirs of a Media Maverick’ Boyce Richardson provides a lot of chuckles, some guffaws, and three hearty belly laughs.’
- ‘The man next to me stifled a chuckle and I turned to see what he was laughing at.’
- ‘Laughter like a strange hybrid of belly laugh and chuckle, a belly chuckle, perhaps, is a bit of a giveaway.’
- ‘And now imagine the quiet chuckle Dylan is having at the fuss he's caused.’
- ‘She, too, sat there in the water, laughing, as her buddies came up for a chuckle.’
- ‘What started as a chuckle soon developed into tear-spilling laughter - and I was all alone!’
- ‘I've also included a piece that should give the women a good laugh and a nice chuckle to the men who can handle it.’
Late 16th century (in the sense laugh convulsively): from chuck meaning to cluck in late Middle English.
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