Adjective "chuckling" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Laugh quietly or inwardly.
  1. 'A few polite souls chuckled, but the real joke was that he had already lost something.'
  2. 'They must have also given me something else because I was suddenly very happy: chuckling away in manic fashion.'
  3. 'I can almost picture Johnson chuckling to himself when he read this critique of his book.'
  4. 'And who knows, with a bit of homework and practice you could be chuckling all the way home after a successful day at the races.'
  5. 'An elderly man rolled up his trousers and paddled in the sea, chuckling as the water foamed and tickled at his ankles.'
  6. 'I chuckled to myself as my morbid preoccupations melted away, replaced by a deep joy.'
  7. 'Still chuckling he stretched one leg, then the other and got to his feet.'
  8. 'I reckon good old St Swithin is chuckling in his beard at the sight.'
  9. 'At this point I'm chuckling madly and can't remember my original question, if there was one.'
  10. 'The King's official looked at his clerk, and chuckled quietly, shaking his head.'


A quiet or suppressed laugh.
  1. 'Guffaws and chuckles follow, and they talk about how they blocked up all the entrances except the big door.'
  2. 'What started as a chuckle soon developed into tear-spilling laughter - and I was all alone!'
  3. 'However, they were obviously light chuckles, as I can't even recall which parts I laughed at.'
  4. 'I couldn't hold in my chuckles of laughter and neither, it seemed, could Derek as I saw his shoulders shake.'
  5. 'The movie provokes a lot of smiles and chuckles, but few belly laughs.'
  6. 'Much to her surprise and frustration, the man seemed to be trying to suppress a chuckle.'
  7. 'They talked happily, their conversation interspersed with chuckles, laughter and jokes.'
  8. 'The man next to me stifled a chuckle and I turned to see what he was laughing at.'
  9. 'This certainly is a laugh aloud book, and I found myself alternating between muffled chuckles and outright guffaws.'
  10. 'She, too, sat there in the water, laughing, as her buddies came up for a chuckle.'

More definitions

1. to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction: They chuckled at the child's efforts to walk.

2. to laugh to oneself: to chuckle while reading.

3. Obsolete. to cluck, as a fowl. noun

4. a soft laugh, usually of satisfaction.

5. Obsolete. the cluck of a hen.

More examples(as adjective)

"editors can be chuckling."

"books can be chuckling."


(chuckle)Late 16th century (in the sense ‘laugh convulsively’): from chuck meaning ‘to cluck’ in late Middle English.