- A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle.
verb (chortl, ing)
- He frequently interrupted himself with chortles while he told us his favorite joke.
- (intransitive) To laugh with a chortle or chortles.
- The old fellow chortled as he recalled his youthful adventures.
Etymology: Coined by w:Lewis Carroll, Lewis Carroll in his poem w:Jabberwocky, Jabberwocky, perhaps as a portmanteau of (term, chuckle) and (term, snort).
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