intr.v. chuck·led, chuck·ling, chuck·les
1. To laugh quietly or to oneself.
2. To cluck or chuck, as a hen.
A quiet laugh of mild amusement or satisfaction.
[ Probably frequentative of CHUCK3.]
chuckling·ly (-lĭng-lē) adv.
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