cackle

verb
cack·​le | \ˈka-kəl \
cackled; cackling\ -​k(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of cackle 

intransitive verb

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 Shakespeare's crones cackled of evil deeds— Scott McMurray

3 : chatter

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Other Words from cackle

cackle noun
cackler \ -​k(ə-​)lər \ noun

Examples of cackle in a Sentence

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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Dodge spent decades trying to distinguish the Challenger from Mustang and Camaro before launching the superhigh-horsepower Hellcat and Demon to make grownups cackle. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Why make high-performance, low-selling car models? 'Because we can.'," 5 Apr. 2018 Despite the reports of cackling Amazon Alexas, there has, so far, been fairly little to worry about where our talking devices are concerned. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "“2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made," 17 Apr. 2018 My cat has started flirting with a squirrel that cackles on the opposite side of the screen door. Glen David Gold, New York Times, "Staying Together by Living Apart (in a Duplex)," 22 June 2018 The world's biggest beginner golfer cackles with delight. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "There's Never a Bad Time With Deandre Ayton," 12 June 2018 Instead, Roseanne’s cackling drowns these stories out—that’s what star power is. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "How One Joke on “Roseanne” Explains the Show," 17 Apr. 2018 Rocha cackled, clasping his hands together with glee. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Ocean’s Teeming Twilight Zone, Before It Disappears," 14 Apr. 2018 Each burst of comedy, like Prior talking to Louis about their cat Little Sheba, or Roy Cohn and Ethel cackling together, is followed by a sledgehammer, like Prior’s diagnosis or Roy’s impending and very painful death. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "What it’s like to watch Angels in America in an age of making America great again," 30 Mar. 2018 There was a lull, during which time Ally and I cackled with excitement. Maria Del Russo, The Cut, "What Happened When My Friend and I Confronted the Guy Who Was Texting Us Both," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cackle

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cackle

Middle English cakelen, of imitative origin

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More Definitions for cackle

cackle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cackle

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

: to laugh noisily

cackle

verb
cack·​le | \ˈka-kəl \
cackled; cackling

Kids Definition of cackle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make the noise or cry a hen makes especially after laying an egg

2 : to laugh or chatter noisily

cackle

noun

Kids Definition of cackle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sound made by a hen or like that made by a hen a cackle of laughter

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