Meaning of “giggle” in the English Dictionary

"giggle" in British English

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giggleverb [ I ]

uk /ˈɡɪɡ.əl/ us /ˈɡɪɡ.əl/

C2 to laugh repeatedly in a quiet but uncontrolled way, often at something silly or rude or when you are nervous:

Stop that giggling in the back row!

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  • We giggled at the back of the room like naughty schoolchildren.
  • I couldn't help giggling at the sight of Mum and Dad standing there, dripping wet.
  • He was giggling uncontrollably and had to leave the room to pull himself together.
  • When she suddenly started to sing, we all looked at each other and started to giggle.
  • What are you giggling about? Have I said something funny?


uk /ˈɡɪɡ.əl/ us /ˈɡɪɡ.əl/

(Definition of “giggle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"giggle" in American English

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giggleverb [ I ]

us /ˈɡɪɡ·əl/

to laugh quietly, esp. in a nervous way, often at something silly:

We couldn’t stop giggling.
noun [ C ] us /ˈɡɪɡ·əl/

There were a few nervous giggles from people in the audience.

(Definition of “giggle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)