Apparently I want to use this word a fair amount ("she chuckled," etc.), or, more specifically, a word that means "a short and [soft or gentle] laugh."
When I comb online and other digital thesauri, they all seem to return the same limited list: chortle, giggle, laugh softly, snicker, snigger, tee-hee, titter.
In my opinion, only about half of those fit my description, which is pretty much the dictionary definition. I mean, "snicker," really?
Any recommendations? Thanks.