from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A snorting, joyful laugh or chuckle.
- transitive v. To utter a chortle or express with a chortle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle.
- v. To laugh with a chortle or chortles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. A word coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), and usually explained as a combination of chuckle and snort.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To exclaim exultingly, with a noisy chuckle: a vaguely suggestive word used in the first passage quoted, and since taken up by other writers in the sense defined.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a soft partly suppressed laugh
- v. laugh quietly or with restraint
Blend of chuckle and snort.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem Jabberwocky, perhaps as a blend of chuckle and snort. (Wiktionary)