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chortle about (someone or something)

To laugh about someone or something. I was still chortling about that scene in the movie the next day.
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chortle over (something)

To laugh or chuckle gleefully about something. I was still chortling over that scene in the movie the next day.
See also: chortle, over

chortle with (a particular quality)

To give a laugh or chuckle filled with some particular emotion or quality. I couldn't help but chortle with delight when I saw the little girl feed her ice cream cone to her dog. I began chortling with amusement over Tom's ridiculous comments.
See also: chortle, particular
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chortle about someone or something

 and chortle over someone or something
to chuckle or giggle about someone or something funny. I was chortling about Elaine's silly puppy for a long time. Elaine chortled about me and my dislike for cats.
See also: chortle

chuckle with something

 and chortle with something
to giggle in some manner because one is gleeful or happy. He chuckled with unsuppressed mirth at the antics of the strangely dressed people. Sally chortled with glee at the thought of Ken slipping on the ice.
See also: chuckle
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