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

  • intransitive v. To laugh in a restrained, nervous way; giggle.
  • n. A nervous giggle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nervous or repressed giggle.
  • v. To laugh or giggle in a somewhat subdued manner.
  • v. To teeter; to seesaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A restrained laugh.
  • intransitive v. To seesaw. See teeter.
  • transitive v. To laugh with the tongue striking against the root of the upper teeth; to laugh with restraint, or without much noise; to giggle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move back and forth; sway; waver.
  • To teeter; seesaw.
  • To tremble.
  • To laugh in a restrained or nervous manner, as from suppressed mirth, pleasure, or embarrassment; giggle; snicker.
  • n. A restrained or nervous laugh; a giggle; a snicker. There's a titter of winds in that beechen tree.
  • n. A weed, probably the hairy vetch. See tine.

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

  • v. laugh nervously
  • n. a nervous restrained laugh


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



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