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chuck·le

chuckle

 
 
pronunciation:
chuh kl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: chuckles, chuckling, chuckled
definition 1: to laugh softly or in a half-suppressed manner.
The film was mildly funny, and we chuckled here and there.She was annoyed that he merely chuckled when she told him her plans.
definition 2: to cluck, as a hen.
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part of speech: noun
definition: a soft or half-suppressed laugh.
The birthday card elicited a few chuckles at it was passed around the table.He gave a chuckle in response to our question but made no reply.
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derivations: chucklingly (adv.), chuckler (n.)
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