[[t]ˈtɪt ər[/t]] v. i.
1) to laugh in a half-restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness
2) a tittering laugh
Etymology: 1610–20; perh. < Scand; cf. ON tittra to quiver, dial. Sw tittra to giggle tit′ter•er, n. tit′ter•ing•ly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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(under restraint), , , / ,

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  • titter — ► NOUN ▪ a short, half suppressed laugh. ► VERB ▪ give a titter. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • Titter — Tit ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tittered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tittering}.] [Probably of imitative origin.] To laugh with the tongue striking against the root of the upper teeth; to laugh with restraint, or without much noise; to giggle. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Titter — Tit ter, v. i. To seesaw. See {Teeter}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • titter — (v.) 1610s, giggle in a suppressed or covert way, probably of imitative origin. Related: Tittered; tittering. The noun is first recorded 1728 …   Etymology dictionary

  • titter — [tit′ər] vi. [of Gmc echoic orig.] to laugh in a half suppressed way, suggestive of silliness, nervousness, etc.; giggle n. the act or an instance of tittering SYN. LAUGH titterer n …   English World dictionary

  • titter — I UK [ˈtɪtə(r)] / US [ˈtɪtər] verb [intransitive] Word forms titter : present tense I/you/we/they titter he/she/it titters present participle tittering past tense tittered past participle tittered to laugh quietly, especially because you are… …   English dictionary

  • titter — [[t]tɪ̱tə(r)[/t]] titters, tittering, tittered VERB If someone titters, they give a short nervous laugh, especially when they are embarrassed about something. Mention sex therapy and most people will titter in embarrassment. Syn: giggle, snigger… …   English dictionary

  • titter — Cleveland Dialect List sooner, rather: I wad titter gan than stay , I was there titter than you …   English dialects glossary

  • titter — intransitive verb Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1619 to laugh in a nervous, affected, or partly suppressed manner ; giggle, snicker • titter noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • titter — tit|ter [ˈtıtə US ər] v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: From the sound] to laugh quietly in a high voice, especially because you are nervous ▪ At the word breast , some of the class tittered. >titter[i] n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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