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[chuhk-uh l] /ˈtʃʌk əl/

verb (used without object), chuckled, chuckling.
to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction:
They chuckled at the child’s efforts to walk.
to laugh to oneself:
to chuckle while reading.
Obsolete. to cluck, as a fowl.
a soft laugh, usually of satisfaction.
Obsolete. the cluck of a hen.
verb (intransitive)
to laugh softly or to oneself
(of animals, esp hens) to make a clucking sound
a partly suppressed laugh

1590s, frequentative of Middle English chukken “make a clucking noise” (late 14c.), of echoic origin. It originally meant “noisy laughter.” Related: Chuckled; chuckling.

1754, from chuckle (v.).


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