Definition of Chortle

1. Noun. A soft partly suppressed laugh.

Exact synonyms: Chuckle
Generic synonyms: Laugh, Laughter
Derivative terms: Chuckle



2. Verb. Laugh quietly or with restraint.
Exact synonyms: Chuckle, Laugh Softly
Generic synonyms: Express Joy, Express Mirth, Laugh
Derivative terms: Chuckle

Definition of Chortle

1. v. t. & i. A word coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), and usually explained as a combination of chuckle and snort.

Definition of Chortle

1. Noun. A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To laugh with a chortle or chortles. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Chortle

1. to chuckle with glee [v -TLED, -TLING, -TLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chortle

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choros
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chorrin
chorring
chors
chorten
chortens
chortle (current term)
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chorus frog
chorus girl
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choruses
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choruslike
chorussed

Literary usage of Chortle

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1. On Blendings of Synonymous Or Cognate Expressions in English: A Contribution by Gustaf Adolf Bergström (1906)
"Punch, 17/e 1893, 282": Some as flatter yer would sell yer, — And would chortle if they see our boat go under. Punch, "It 1904, 80: so it seems that our ..."

2. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1891)
"chortle, verb (popular).—To chuckle ; to laugh in one's sleeve ; to 'snort. ... It makes the cynic and the worldly - minded man to chuckle and chortle with ..."

3. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1879)
"And it 's a great thing to be able to chortle for forty-eight hours, ... One who Suffers" gives this hint, and when he can chortle about a sea- passage, ..."

4. The Bookman (1890)
"Which accounted for the chortle. 'They will have Grub,' quoth the Man. ... The red chortle died on his white lips. His ashy hand shot into his black Pocket. ..."

5. Putnam's Magazine (1910)
"Now and then I managed to coax forth a gaseous chortle or two. The convention on the landing understood every chortle in a truly marvellous way. ..."

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