Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To laugh with repeated short, spasmodic sounds.
  • transitive v. To utter while giggling.
  • n. A short, spasmodic laugh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To laugh gently or in a high-pitched voice; to laugh in a silly or giddy way.
  • n. A high-pitched, silly laugh.
  • n. Amusement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of laugh, with short catches of the voice or breath; a light, silly laugh.
  • transitive v. To laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; to laugh in a light, affected, or silly manner; to titter with childish levity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; laugh in a silly or affected manner; titter.
  • n. A low, spasmodic, affected laugh, in a series of short gasps or catches of the breath.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. laugh nervously
  • n. a foolish or nervous laugh

Etymologies

Of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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