giggle

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noun
ADJECTIVE
little, slight, small
high-pitched
hysterical, nervous
girlish
VERB + GIGGLE
give, let out
stifle, suppress

I just managed to stifle a giggle at the absurd idea.

hear
PREPOSITION
with a giggle

‘Age before beauty!’ she said with a giggle.

giggle about, giggle at

We shared a giggle about the new office romance.

PHRASES
collapse into giggles, dissolve into giggles

We all collapsed into giggles.

a fit of (the) giggles
get the giggles (esp. BrE), have the giggles (esp. AmE)

Alison tends to get the giggles at the most inappropriate moments.

She still has the giggles about the experience.

have a giggle (esp. BrE), share a giggle (esp. AmE)

They all had a giggle at my expense.

We shared a giggle at their predicament.

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verb
ADVERB
helplessly, hysterically, nervously, uncontrollably

The children giggled hysterically.

PREPOSITION
about

They giggled about their teacher's accident.

at

We giggled at the picture.

over

We were giggling over some old photos.

with

The children giggled with delight.

PHRASES
a fit of giggling

They collapsed in a fit of giggling.


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  • giggle — (v.) c.1500, probably imitative. Related: Giggled; giggling; giggly. As a noun from 1570s …   Etymology dictionary

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  • giggle — ► VERB ▪ laugh lightly in a nervous, affected, or silly manner. ► NOUN 1) a laugh of such a kind. 2) informal an amusing person or thing. DERIVATIVES giggler noun giggly adjective. ORIGIN imita …   English terms dictionary

  • giggle — [gig′əl] vi. giggled, giggling [16th c., prob. < Du giggelen: for IE base see GIG1] to laugh with a series of uncontrollable, rapid, high pitched sounds in a silly or nervous way, as if trying to hold back; titter n. the act or sound of… …   English World dictionary

  • giggle — /ˈgɪgəl / (say giguhl) verb (i) (giggled, giggling) 1. to laugh in a silly, undignified way, as from youthful spirits or ill controlled amusement; titter. –noun 2. a silly, spasmodic laugh; a titter. 3. Colloquial an amusing occasion: a bit of a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • giggle — gig|gle1 [ˈgıgəl] v past tense and past participle giggled present participle giggling [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound] to laugh quickly, quietly, and in a high voice, because something is funny or because you are nervous or embarrassed… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • giggle — I UK [ˈɡɪɡ(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms giggle : present tense I/you/we/they giggle he/she/it giggles present participle giggling past tense giggled past participle giggled * to laugh in a nervous, excited, or silly way that is… …   English dictionary

  • Giggle — Giggling is a high pitched, bubbly way of laughing. It is usually suppressed, resulting in short bursts of laughter. A giggle is often considered a very feminine laugh. Generally it is assumed that only small children giggle often, however many… …   Wikipedia

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