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English definition of “chortle”

chortle

verb [I]     /ˈtʃɔː.tl̩/ US  /ˈtʃɔːr.t̬l̩/
to laugh, showing pleasure and satisfaction, often at someone else's bad luck: She chortled with glee at the news.Laughing and smiling chortle     noun [C] I thought I heard a chortle at the back of the room.Laughing and smiling
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