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ˈgɪg əlgig·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. giggleverb

    a foolish or nervous laugh

  2. giggle, titterverb

    laugh nervously

    "The girls giggled when the rock star came into the classroom"

Wiktionary

  1. gigglenoun

    A high-pitched, silly laugh.

  2. gigglenoun

    Amusement.

  3. giggleverb

    To laugh gently or in a high-pitched voice; to laugh in a silly or giddy way.

    The jokes had them giggling like little girls all evening.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To GIGGLEverb

    To laugh idly; to titter; to grin with merry levity. It is retained in Scotland.

    Etymology: gichgelen, Dutch.

Wikipedia

  1. giggle

    Laughter is a pleasant physical reaction and emotion consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli. Laughter can rise from such activities as being tickled, or from humorous stories or thoughts. Most commonly, it is considered an auditory expression of a number of positive emotional states, such as joy, mirth, happiness, or relief. On some occasions, however, it may be caused by contrary emotional states such as embarrassment, surprise, or confusion such as nervous laughter or courtesy laugh. Age, gender, education, language, and culture are all indicators as to whether a person will experience laughter in a given situation. Some other species of primate (chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans) show laughter-like vocalizations in response to physical contact such as wrestling, play chasing or tickling. Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. Laughter is used as a signal for being part of a group—it signals acceptance and positive interactions with others. Laughter is sometimes seen as contagious, and the laughter of one person can itself provoke laughter from others as a positive feedback.The study of humor and laughter, and its psychological and physiological effects on the human body, is called gelotology.

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  1. giggle

    A giggle is a light, often high-pitch, and somewhat nervous laugh characterized by short, repeated, spasmodic bursts of sounds. It is usually caused by amusement, embarrassment, or a feeling of joy and often signifies playful or humorous feelings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Giggleverb

    to laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; to laugh in a light, affected, or silly manner; to titter with childish levity

  2. Gigglenoun

    a kind of laugh, with short catches of the voice or breath; a light, silly laugh

  3. Etymology: [Akin to gaggle: cf. OD. ghichelen, G. kichern.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Giggle

    gig′l, v.i. to laugh with short catches of the breath, or in a silly manner.—n. a laugh of this kind.—ns. Gigg′ler; Gigg′ling. [M. E. gagelen, to cackle; cf. Ice. gagl, a goose.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of giggle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of giggle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of giggle in a Sentence

  1. Emma Thompson, Vanity Fair:

    I was brought up by very witty people who were dealing with quite difficult things - disease and death... I was brought up by people who tended to giggle at funerals.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    He’s the big winner and when he got this letter from the president saying ‘okay nevermind,’ he must be having a giggle fit, right now, in North Korea.

  3. Espartaco Borga:

    They don't even see them as what they are, which is a tablet on wheels, they see them as part of the service experience because these robots have a personality, they can interact. If you touch them, they giggle and they tell you things.

  4. Elsbeth Reitzema:

    It's easier to start with young people, because once they get older, they still giggle but are already used to it, also, it's important to tell children everything before they go through puberty, because you want them to understand the way their bodies will change and understand sex before they are getting into sexual relationships.

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