cack·​le | \ ˈka-kəl How to pronounce cackle (audio) \
cackled; cackling\ ˈka-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce cackling (audio) \

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

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cackle noun
cackler \ ˈka-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce cackler (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Witches will come out this of year to cast their spells and cackle away the night. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "A Little Black Magic Pumpkin," 9 Sep. 2019 After locking her pup inside the dryer and closing the door, the woman turned on the machine and proceeded to cackle and scream with laughter while the pooch tumbled around inside for a few seconds. Joelle Goldstein,, "Texas Woman Livestreamed Herself Shoving Her Dog into a Clothes Dryer and Turning the Machine On," 12 Aug. 2019 Jordan’s boundless energy became all the more pronounced, the two cackling wildly at guitar static. Kevin Williams,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: What we loved and what we could do without on day 3," 21 July 2019 This balanced juggling of topics—of maniacally cackling teen aliens, galactic-stakes battles over the universe, and bulbous creatures who both roll around in and vomit entire pizza pies—is not an easy thing to pull off. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus," 16 Aug. 2019 The Cats movie trailer was released, and the internet cackled, howled, and screamed. Tara Edwards,, "Everything You Need To Know About Taylor Swift's Role In Cats," 23 July 2019 Fans actually cackled when kicker Chris Blewitt’s name was called. Kalyn Kahler,, "The Bears at 100: Cheers and a Few Tears," 11 June 2019 Emily Schultz cackled and pointed her phone at Delany, capturing the moment for posterity and Instagram. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "A Fond Farewell to Our Wonderful Amiel," 15 June 2019 Minnie appears to accept, and the pair share a hug as Sandoval and her companions cackle with laughter. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Disney World drama: Minnie Mouse accepts marriage proposal in front of Mickey Mouse," 3 Aug. 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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English Language Learners Definition of cackle

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


cack·​le | \ ˈka-kəl How to pronounce cackle (audio) \
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



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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