Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CHUCKLE, v.1 A term used in curling: “to make a succession of in-wicks up a port [open way] to a certain object” (Ayr. 1831 Blackwood Mag. XXX. 971).

[Prob. from Eng. chuckle, to laugh, to cluck or cackle as a hen. The application to curling may have arisen from the succession of sounds made when the moving stone cannoned into the others.]

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