Quick answer
"Chuckle" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "reírse entre dientes", and "giggle" is a noun which is often translated as "la risita". Learn more about the difference between "chuckle" and "giggle" below.
chuckle(
chuh
-
kuhl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to laugh quietly)
a. reírse entre dientes
Colin chuckled. "I bet you didn't expect that, did you?" he said.Colin se rió entre dientes. "Me imagino que no esperabas eso, ¿verdad?" dijo.
b. soltar una risita
"I'm starving!" moaned Sammy. His mother chuckled. "Well, we'd better get you something to eat!""¡Me muero de hambre!" gimió Sammy. Su madre soltó una risita. "Bueno, ¡mejor te buscamos algo de comer!"
c. reírse por lo bajo
I chuckled at the thought of Jane finding and reading that letter.Me reí por lo bajo ante la idea de que Jane encontrara y leyera esa carta.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (quiet laugh)
a. la risita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His act elicited the odd chuckle from the audience, but no one found it particularly funny.Su número provocó alguna que otra risita entre el público, pero a nadie le pareció muy gracioso.
b. la risa sofocada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
"Look at those two boys playing with the dog," said Jack with a chuckle."Mira a esos dos chicos jugando con el perro", dijo Jack con una risa sofocada.
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giggle(
gih
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guhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (act of laughing stupidly)
a. la risita
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Let out another giggle during my presentation and I'll kick you out.Suelta otra risita durante mi presentación y te echo.
b. la risa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She let out a giggle of joy and excitement when she found out that she won the prize.Se le escapó una risa de alegría y emoción cuando descubrió que había ganado el premio.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fun) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My friends and I went to the movie theater for a giggle after a long week.Mis amigos y yo fuimos al cine para divertirnos después de una semana larga.
We went diving into the freezing cold ocean for a giggle.Nos echamos un clavado en el océano helado en plan de broma.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to produce laughter)
a. reírse tontamente
I have a nervous habit of giggling at the most inappropriate times.Tengo el hábito nervioso de reírme tontamente en los momentos más inapropiados.
giggles
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
4. (laughing attack)
a. risa tonta
We had a fit of the giggles when we saw Jamie come in the room.Nos dio un ataque de risa tonta cuando vimos a Jamie entrar en la habitación.
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