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

  • n. A snorting, joyful laugh or chuckle.
  • transitive v. To utter a chortle or express with a chortle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle.
  • v. To laugh with a chortle or chortles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. A word coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), and usually explained as a combination of chuckle and snort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To exclaim exultingly, with a noisy chuckle: a vaguely suggestive word used in the first passage quoted, and since taken up by other writers in the sense defined.

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

  • n. a soft partly suppressed laugh
  • v. laugh quietly or with restraint


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

Blend of chuckle and snort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem Jabberwocky, perhaps as a blend of chuckle and snort.



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    June 23, 2014

  • Ha.

    February 10, 2013

  • *snorckles*

    February 9, 2013

  • 1. the definitions are open source, and ofthen archaic.

    2. looking up google books, we don't see chortle being used

    (I checked 1800 to 1822, and all the hits were OCR mismatches from scanning blurry books)

    "CHORTLE verb popular To chuckle to laugh in one's sleeve to snort Introduced by Lewis Carrol in Through the Looking Glass See

    quot 1872 LEWIS CARROL Through Looking Glass i O frabjous day I Calloon Callay He CHORTLED in his joy

    1876 BESANT AMD RICK Golden Butterfly xxxii 242 It makes the cynic and the worldly minded man to chuckle and CHORTLE with an open joy

    1887 Athemrttm 3 Dec p 751 col i A means of exciting cynical CHORTLING 1888 Daily Nevis 10 Jan p 5 col 2 So may CHORTLE the Anthropophagi MI "

    Slang and its analogues past and present: A dictionary, historical ..., Volume 2

    By William Ernest Henley Page 103

    February 9, 2013

  • Why does the etymology just say that it is invented by Lewis Carroll? Seems odd to leave that out.

    February 9, 2013

  • You chortle whenever someone gets you laughing and chuckling with pig-like snorting sounds.

    July 29, 2010

  • A keen example of a portmanteau nonce word now used in common parlance, this Carrollism combines chuckle and snort into a single delightful morpheme.

    January 7, 2007