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"Giggle" is a noun which is often translated as "la risita", and "snicker" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "reírse". Learn more about the difference between "giggle" and "snicker" below.
giggle(
gih
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guhl
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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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snicker
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to mock furtively)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. reírse
If you don't stop snickering, they're going to kick you out of the theater.Si no dejas de reírte, te van a echar del teatro.
The teacher stopped talking when she noticed the two kids snickering in the back row.La maestra dejó de hablar cuando vio a los dos chicos de la última fila riéndose.
b. burlarse
Steve and Paula were snickering at Liam's failed attempts to solve the math problem.Steve y Paula se burlaron de los intentos fallidos de Liam de solucionar el problema aritmético.
c. reírse disimuladamente
I had a dream that I was on a stage sitting on a toilet seat, and everyone in the audience was snickering at me.Soñé que estaba en un escenario sentado en un retrete y todo el público se reía disimuladamente de mí.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (laugh)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la risilla
(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).
Kelly ignored the snickers of the kids in the park and kept dancing.Kelly no les hizo caso a las risillas de los chicos en el parque y siguió bailando.
b. 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).
There were a few snickers when the teacher pointed to the diagram of the reproductive system.Hubo un par de risitas cuando el profesor señaló el diagrama del aparato reproductor.
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