Definition of chortle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chortle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɔːtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɔːrtl//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chortle
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɔːtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɔːrtl//
 
he / she / it chortles
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɔːtlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɔːrtlz//
 
past simple chortled
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɔːtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɔːrtld//
 
past participle chortled
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɔːtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɔːrtld//
 
-ing form chortling
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɔːtlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɔːrtlɪŋ//
 
 
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to laugh loudly with pleasure or because you are amused Gill chortled with delight. Word Origin 1871: coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass; probably a blend of chuckle and snort.

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