How do we laugh?

Do you giggle, chuckle or guffaw? In different situations, we would snigger or chortle.

Let’s learn what all these words mean.

GIGGLE at/about [ˈɡɪɡl]- to laugh in a silly way cause you’re embarrassed or nervous.

SP: reírse nerviosamente; FR: rire bêtement; RU: глупо смеяться.

 

SNIGGER/SNICKER [ˈsnɪɡər] – to laugh quietly but disrespectfully.

SP: reír disimuladamente; FR: ricaner; RU: (злорадно) посмеиваться.

 

CHUCKLE [ˈtʃʌkl] – to give a short laugh.

SP: soltar una risita; FR: glousser; RU: усмехнуться.

 

GUFFAW [ɡəˈfɔː] – to laugh loudly.

SP: reírse a carcajadas; FR: s’esclaffer; RU: гоготать.

 

CHORTLE [ˈtʃɔːrtl] – to laugh loudly with pleasure.

SP: reírse de satisfacción; FR: glousser; RU: возликовать.

  • If your co-worker cracked a joke during an important meeting, would you GUFFAW or CHUCKLE?
  • If you won a coveted award, would you CHORTLE or SNIGGER?
  • If your “enemy” made an absurd comment, would you SNICKER or GIGGLE?

 

A good laugh is sunshine in the house. — William Thackeray

 

Check these articles:

Do you make mistakes with FUN and FUNNY?

 “Laugh” Phrasal Verbs and Idioms.

 

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY DIGEST
I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )
As a GIVEAWAY you'll get "100 WORDS and PHRASES" from the book on productivity "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy.
Join us to keep up your English and improve your learning skills. We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

×

Powered by WhatsApp Chat

× Any questions welcome!