Definitions for chortleˈtʃɔr tl
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chor•tleˈtʃɔr tl(v.; n.)-tled, -tling
(v.i.)to chuckle gleefully.
(v.t.)to express with a gleeful chuckle:
to chortle one's joy.
(n.)a gleeful chuckle.
Origin of chortle:
b. chuckle and snort
a soft partly suppressed laugh
chuckle, chortle, laugh softly(verb)
laugh quietly or with restraint
A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle.
He frequently interrupted himself with chortles while he told us his favorite joke.
To laugh with a chortle or chortles.
The old fellow chortled as he recalled his youthful adventures.
Origin: Coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem Jabberwocky, perhaps as a .