Definition of cackle
- Shakespeare's crones cackled of evil deeds
- —Scott McMurray
The hens were cackling in the henhouse.
Geese cackled by the pond in the park.
I could hear my aunts cackling in the next room.
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
of chickens, geese, etc. : to make loud, unpleasant sounds
: to laugh noisily
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