chortle \CHOR-tl\, transitive and intransitive verb
1. A snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
Even Isaksson’s stern wife, who rarely cracked a smile, chortled with glee, and Old Mothstead slapped his thighs and flapped his apron and danced around the couple, who moved in ever larger rings amongst the kegs.
— Kerstin Ekman, Witches’ Rings, translated by Linda Schenck