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

 

chuckle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtʃʌkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʌkl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chuckle
BrE BrE//ˈtʃʌkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʌkl//
 
he / she / it chuckles
BrE BrE//ˈtʃʌklz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʌklz//
 
past simple chuckled
BrE BrE//ˈtʃʌkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʌkld//
 
past participle chuckled
BrE BrE//ˈtʃʌkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʌkld//
 
-ing form chuckling
BrE BrE//ˈtʃʌklɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʌklɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] chuckle (at/about something) to laugh quietly She chuckled at the memory. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘laugh convulsively’): from chuck meaning ‘to cluck’ in late Middle English.Extra examples He chuckled at the thought of the two of them stuck in the snow. She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. She was still chuckling about the story the next day. George chuckled at the memory.

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