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chortle (verb) chuckle with joy or amusement.
To make a snorting sound, or a chuckle, when you are amused or delighted, is to chortle. It also means to laugh loudly in amusement or in joy. When you hear something ridiculous, like, for example, an old man claiming that he can climb the Himalayas, you chortle. That is, you chuckle ironically, or with amusement, or you may laugh loudly, at his claim. When a person boasts of a special communion with God, you chortle. That is, their claim amuses you because you don't believe it. When you hear that you have won a huge sum in a lottery, you chortle, that is, you laugh this time, with sheer delight.
- As Elizabeth imagined her picture as the future heiress to a large fortune to be left to her by her grandfather, she chortled with delight, much to the surprise of those around her who were unaware of the goings-on in her mind, and the reason for her delight prompting her to chortle.
- All of them turned to look at Jim. It was his chortle that drew their attention, as he was amused at the remark of one of them there that as the richest man there he owed them a treat.