verb (chortled; chortling) Etymology: probably blend of chuckle and snort Date: 1872 intransitive verb 1. to sing or chant exultantly <
he chortled in his joy — Lewis Carroll
2. to laugh or chuckle especially in satisfaction or exultation transitive verb to say or sing with a chortling intonationchortle nounchortler noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Chortle — Chor tle, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Chortled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chor tling}.] A word coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), and usually explained as a combination of chuckle and snort. [Humorous] O frabjous day ! Callooh ! Callay ! He… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chortle — (v.) coined 1872 by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass, probably from chuckle and snort. As a noun, from 1903 …   Etymology dictionary

  • chortle — [v] laugh gleefully cackle, chuckle, crow, giggle, guffaw, hee haw*, snicker, sniggle, snort, teehee*, titter; concept 77 …   New thesaurus

  • chortle — ► VERB ▪ laugh in a breathy, gleeful way. ► NOUN ▪ a breathy, gleeful laugh. ORIGIN coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass; probably a blend of CHUCKLE(Cf. ↑chuckle) and SNORT(Cf. ↑snorter) …   English terms dictionary

  • chortle — [chôrt′ l] vi., vt. chortled, chortling [coined by CARROLL Lewis in Through the Looking Glass, prob. CHUCKLE + SNORT] to make, or utter with, a gleeful chuckling or snorting sound n. such a sound chortler n …   English World dictionary

  • chortle — v. 1) (D; intr.) to chortle about, over 2) (D; intr.) to chortle with (to chortle with glee) * * * [ tʃɔːtl] over (D; intr.) to chortle about (D; intr.) to chortle with (to chortle with glee) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • chortle — UK [ˈtʃɔː(r)t(ə)l] / US [ˈtʃɔrt(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms chortle : present tense I/you/we/they chortle he/she/it chortles present participle chortling past tense chortled past participle chortled literary to laugh because you are… …   English dictionary

  • chortle — [[t]tʃɔ͟ː(r)t(ə)l[/t]] chortles, chortling, chortled VERB To chortle means to laugh in a way that shows you are very pleased. There was silence for a moment, then Larry began chortling like an idiot. N COUNT Chortle is also a noun. He gave a… …   English dictionary

  • chortle — chortler, n. /chawr tl/, v., chortled, chortling, n. v.i. 1. to chuckle gleefully. v.t. 2. to express with a gleeful chuckle: to chortle one s joy. n. 3. a gleeful chuckle. [b. CHUCKLE and SNORT; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking… …   Universalium

  • chortle — 1. noun A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle. He frequently interrupted himself with chortles while he told us his favorite joke. Syn: chuckle 2. verb To laug …   Wiktionary

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