Simple Definition of heckle
: to interrupt (someone, such as a speaker or performer) by shouting annoying or rude comments or questions
Examples of heckle
Several protesters were heckling the speaker at the rally.
The players were being heckled by the fans.
People in the crowd were booing and heckling as she tried to speak.
Origin of heckle
Middle English hekelen to dress flax, scratch, from heckele hackle; akin to Old High German hāko hook — more at hook
First Known Use: circa 1825
Synonym Discussion of heckle
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