Unknown. Perhaps a frequentative based on dialectal English gig (“to creak”), from Middle English gigen (“to make a creaking sound”) + -le. Compare Middle English gigge, gige (“a squeaking sound; a creak”), Dutch giechelen, German kichern.
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- To laugh gently or in a high-pitched voice; to laugh in a silly or giddy way.
- The jokes had them giggling like little girls all evening.
giggle (plural giggles)
- A high-pitched, silly laugh.
- (informal) Fun; an amusing episode.
- We put itching powder down his shirt for giggles.
- The women thought it would be quite a giggle to have a strippergram at the bride's hen party.