chortle chortle  /ˈtʃɔr təl/


  1. (n) a soft partly suppressed laugh
  2. (v) laugh quietly or with restraint



  1. Martin's wars are multifaceted and ambiguous, as are the men and women who wage them and the gods who watch them and chortle, and somehow that makes them mean more.
  2. Secretly, the Bush people chortle that Clinton on many issues has become a Republican.
  3. I was trying to appear more relaxed than I was and it manifested itself in some sort of Dracula chortle.


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    We’ve all done it -- giggled at poorly timed flatulence or howled when someone takes a pie to the face. Laughter is one of the most human things we can experience, and if we’re lucky, we chortle, chuckle, crack up, giggle, grin or guffaw every day.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: KPCC Pasadena


  • "The line that the telemarketers use with the little smirk, in fact, the telemarketing script we have actually says, 'chortle now.' I love that line. When they say, 'Well, of course, you know Harvard Ph.Ds who can hardly tie their shoes and can't...
    on Nov 10, 2004 By: John Bear Source: CBS News

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