verb \ˈka-kəl\

of chickens, geese, etc. : to make loud, unpleasant sounds

: to laugh noisily

cack·ledcack·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of CACKLE

intransitive verb
:  to make the sharp broken noise or cry characteristic of a hen especially after laying
:  to laugh especially in a harsh or sharp manner
:  chatter
cackle noun
cack·ler \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of CACKLE

  1. The hens were cackling in the henhouse.
  2. Geese cackled by the pond in the park.
  3. I could hear my aunts cackling in the next room.

Origin of CACKLE

Middle English cakelen, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 13th century


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