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heckle

heckle

verb heck·le \ˈhe-kəl\

: to interrupt (someone, such as a speaker or performer) by shouting annoying or rude comments or questions

heck·ledheck·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of HECKLE

transitive verb
:  to harass and try to disconcert with questions, challenges, or gibes :  badger
heck·ler \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of HECKLE

  1. Several protesters were heckling the speaker at the rally.
  2. The players were being heckled by the fans.
  3. 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

Rhymes with HECKLE

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