chortle(redirected from chortles)
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A snorting, joyful laugh or chuckle.
intr. & tr.v. chor·tled, chor·tling, chor·tles
To utter a chortle or express with a chortle.
Word History: " 'O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy." Perhaps Lewis Carroll would chortle a bit himself to find that people are still using the word chortle, which he coined in Through the Looking-Glass, published in 1872. In any case, Carroll had constructed his word well, combining the words chuckle and snort. He also provided us means of referring to such hybrids, which are often prosaically called blends. In Through the Looking-Glass Humpty Dumpty uses portmanteau (a suitcase that opens into two hinged compartments) to describe the word slithy, saying, "It's like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word" (the meanings being "lithe" and "slimy").
(intr) to chuckle gleefully
a gleeful chuckle
[C19: coined (1871) by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass; probably a blend of chuckle + snort]
v. -tled, -tling,
1. to chuckle gleefully.v.t.
2. to express with a gleeful chuckle: to chortle one's joy.n.
3. a gleeful chuckle.
chortle- Probably a blend of chuckle and snort, coined by Lewis Carroll.
See also related terms for snort.
Past participle: chortled
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|Noun||1.||chortle - a soft partly suppressed laugh|
|Verb||1.||chortle - laugh quietly or with restraint|
To laugh quietly: