Definition of giggle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪɡl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪɡl//
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  1. 1[countable] a slight silly repeated laugh She gave a nervous giggle. Matt collapsed into giggles and hung up the phone.
  2. 2[singular] (British English, informal) a thing that you think is amusing We only did it for a giggle.
  3. 3the giggles [plural] (informal) continuous giggling that you cannot control or stop I get the giggles when I'm nervous. She had a fit of the giggles and had to leave the room. It’s just something about the way he said it that gave me the giggles.
  4. Word Originearly 16th cent.: imitative.Extra examples Alison tends to get the giggles at the most inappropriate moments. I just managed to stifle a giggle at the absurd idea. She still has the giggles about the experience. They all had a giggle at my expense. We all collapsed into giggles. We had quite a giggle about the new office romance. We shared a giggle at their predicament.
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