cackle
intransitive verb (cackled; cackling) Etymology: Middle English cakelen, of imitative origin Date: 13th century 1. to make the sharp broken noise or cry characteristic of a hen especially after laying 2. to laugh especially in a harsh or sharp manner 3. chattercackle nouncackler noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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(with a sound like the cackling of a goose), , , / , , , , , , , , ,


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  • cackle — ► NOUN ▪ a raucous clucking cry, as made by a hen or goose. ► VERB 1) give a cackle. 2) talk inconsequentially and at length. ● cut the cackle Cf. ↑cut the cackle ORIGIN p …   English terms dictionary

  • Cackle — Cac kle, n. 1. The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg. [1913 Webster] By her cackle saved the state. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Idle talk; silly prattle. [1913 Webster] There is a buzz and cackle all around… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cackle — Cac kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cackled} ( k ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cackling}.] [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. {Gagle}, {Cake} to cackle.] 1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cackle — [n] a loud laugh chortle, chuckle, cluck, crow, gibber, giggle, gobble, guffaw, quack, snicker, snigger, titter; concept 77 cackle [v] laugh irritatingly babble, blather, burble, chortle, chuckle, cluck, crow, gibber, giggle, gobble, jabber,… …   New thesaurus

  • cackle — [kak′əl] vi. cackled, cackling [ME cakelen; akin to Du kokkelen, LowG kakkeln < IE base * kak : of echoic orig.] 1. to make the shrill, broken vocal sounds of a hen 2. to laugh or chatter with similar sounds vt. to utter in a cackling manner n …   English World dictionary

  • cackle — early 13c., imitative (see CACHINNATION (Cf. cachinnation)).; perhaps partly based on M.Du. kake jaw. As a noun, from 1670s. Cackleberries, slang for eggs is first recorded 1880 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cackle — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ evil VERB + CACKLE ▪ give, let out ▪ The old woman gave a cackle of laughter. ▪ hear …   Collocations dictionary

  • cackle — I UK [ˈkæk(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms cackle : present tense I/you/we/they cackle he/she/it cackles present participle cackling past tense cackled past participle cackled to laugh in a loud, unpleasant, and sometimes… …   English dictionary

  • cackle — n. & v. n. 1 a clucking sound as of a hen or a goose. 2 a loud silly laugh. 3 noisy inconsequential talk. v. 1 intr. emit a cackle. 2 intr. talk noisily and inconsequentially. 3 tr. utter or express with a cackle. Phrases and idioms: cut the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cackle — [[t]kæ̱k(ə)l[/t]] cackles, cackling, cackled VERB If someone cackles, they laugh in a loud unpleasant way, often at something bad that happens to someone else. The old lady cackled, pleased to have produced so dramatic a reaction... [V with n]… …   English dictionary

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