Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To laugh with repeated short, spasmodic sounds.
  • intransitive verb To utter while giggling.
  • noun A short, spasmodic laugh.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of laugh, with short catches of the voice or breath; a light, silly laugh.
  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb laugh nervously
  • noun a foolish or nervous laugh

Etymologies

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

[Of imitative origin.]

Examples

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  • With a Jiggle and

    A Wiggle and a Giggle,

    Maid Mary Sashayed.

    September 1, 2007