To laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; to laugh in a light, affected, or silly manner; to titter with childish levity. "Giggling and laughing with all their might at the piteous hap of the fairy wight." (J. R. Drake)

Origin: Akin to gaggle: cf. OD. Ghichelen, G. Kichern.

A kind of laugh, with short catches of the voice or breath; a light, silly laugh.

(01 Mar 1998)

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