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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHORTLE

They will not actually steal, but they will cheat you every time and chortle over it.

Another of Lewis Carroll's words, chortle, is even more used.

They can yawp and chortle and call me Skyrider as if it was a joke.

It rose again—it was like a perplexing cheep and chirrup, changing to a chortle of glee.

A dirty, yellow hand seized the bag; there was a chortle of exultation, and the two scurried out of the room.

Eli began to chortle, and Hannah stirred in her sleep, throwing both chubby arms over her head.

The Governor began to chortle after a quick glance at the vanishing red light of the Portsmouth car.

Frighten me, floor me, then chortle with glee, And fly away fast from the gutter and me.

This is disheartening, because it makes the cynic and the worldly-minded man to chuckle and chortle with an open joy.

I thought you were a good enough pal not to want to chortle over me—as I know Geoffrey will—should the thing turn out a frost!

WORD ORIGIN

coined 1872 by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass," perhaps from chuckle and snort. Related: Chortled; chortling. As a noun, from 1903.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CHORTLE

cackle

verblaugh irritatingly
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