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chortle (v.)

coined 1871 by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass," perhaps from chuckle and snort. Related: Chortled; chortling. As a noun, from 1903.

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Definitions of chortle from WordNet
1
chortle (v.)
laugh quietly or with restraint;
Synonyms: chuckle / laugh softly
2
chortle (n.)
a soft partly suppressed laugh;
Synonyms: chuckle
From wordnet.princeton.edu