chortle (plural chortles)
- A joyful, somewhat muffled laugh, rather like a snorting chuckle.
- He frequently interrupted himself with chortles while he told us his favorite joke.
- A similar sounding vocalisation of various birds.
joyful, somewhat muffled laugh
- (intransitive) To laugh with a chortle or chortles.
- The old fellow chortled as he recalled his youthful adventures.