chuckle

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noun
ADJECTIVE
light, little, quiet, slight, soft
deep, low
hearty
good
amused, nervous
VERB + CHUCKLE
give, have, let out

She gave a little chuckle.

draw, elicit, get

He got a chuckle from a few members of the audience.

hold back, stifle, suppress
hear
PREPOSITION
with a chuckle

‘I was only kidding!’ he said with a low chuckle.

chuckle about, chuckle over

We had a good chuckle over the whole thing.

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verb
ADVERB
lightly, quietly, slightly, softly
heartily
nervously
PREPOSITION
about, over

She was still chuckling about the story the next day.

at

He chuckled at the thought of the two of them stuck in the snow.

PHRASES
chuckle to yourself

She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:
, , (convulsively, in triumph or in derision) / , , , , , (half suppressed),


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  • Chuckle — Chuc kle, v. i. [From 1st {Chuck}.] To laugh in a suppressed or broken manner, as expressing inward satisfaction, exultation, or derision. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • chuckle — I n. 1) to have; let out a chuckle (we had a good chuckle) 2) a hearty chuckle 3) a chuckle about, over II v. 1) (D; intr.) to chuckle about, over 2) (D; intr.) to chuckle to (to chuckle to oneself) 3) (D; intr.) to chuckle with (to chuckle with… …   Combinatory dictionary

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