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Ok so, for some reason I don't like using the word giggle or chuckle, I seriously don't know why. Instead, I use laugh quietly, or softly, and I think it's getting repetitive.

Are there any other ways to describe this? Example:

"Oh no...Not this again..." Jay said and Jacob laughed quietly, picking up a plastic knife. "Knife-y Jr Jr."

(BTW, that's an inside joke from my story)

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    Giggling is silly laughing, chuckling is good-natured soft laughter, snickering and sniggering are mean-spirited. Tittering is nervous laughter. They all have their purpose. – Jim Dec 24 '16 at 4:38
  • True...But haven't you noticed how normally in books the girls giggle and the boys chuckle? So I just saw them as the same after realizing that. Is that just a coincidence? – AmazingMc Dec 24 '16 at 4:44
  • It’s not coincidence, it’s stereotypical. Girls are more prone to giggling and boys to chuckling- they’re not the same though. – Jim Dec 24 '16 at 4:51
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Perhaps Snicker or Snigger (sounds more unique to me) will work for you.

Snigger

/ˈsniɡər/

  • To snicker

(TFD)

Snicker

  • to laugh in a covert or partly suppressed manner

(MWD)

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    Beat me to it, Hank! – vpn Dec 24 '16 at 3:03
  • @AmazingMc Glad I could help! – Hank Dec 24 '16 at 3:05
  • @vanderpn I considered Titter but really liked the way Snigger fits into the OP's example. – Hank Dec 24 '16 at 3:06
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It is one thing to laugh quietly, something altogether different to "snigger", "giggle" or "chuckle" - especially "snigger".

I am not sure the OP has in mind someone doing any of these as all carry strong nuances. Indeed one can loudly do any of them.

If I read that someone had "laughed quietly", in the absence of context that might suggest why they had laughed quietly, e.g. so as not to be overheard, I would garner nothing other than that they had given a quiet laugh.

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Titter is another word that may satisfy your request.

Merriam-Webster defines titter as

: to laugh in a nervous, affected, or partly suppressed manner: giggle, snicker

  • I've seen that in synonyms before, but is it just me, or does that just sound weird? "He titters" like seriously, I'd have to go look it up and stop reading just because it's a weird word – AmazingMc Dec 24 '16 at 3:08

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