Gigil is a Filipino word that does not have an English translation. To explain what it means - I need to show you this picture of my two dogs:
If you are like me, when you see this picture, you most probably had a strong urge to pinch their cute faces - and while doing it - you feel your jaws clench. That feeling - is what gigil is.
If you look at this photo of Macchiato and me - you will notice that my jaws are clenched. I was trying to smile - but it didn't like I was smiling. In fact it looked like i was strangling Macchiato. I couldn't help it. I was feeling gigil for one of my babies.
Gigil is not always a positive feeling. It can also refer to the same jaw clenching feeling you experience when you seething mad at someone or something. You clench your jaws - your open hand becomes a fist. It's as if the anger is being held up inside - building up and ready to explode. I do feel this sometimes. As much as I can help it - I try to minimize these hateful gigil times.