cackle

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verb cack·le \ˈka-kəl\

Definition of cackle

cackled

cackling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make the sharp broken noise or cry characteristic of a hen especially after laying

  3. 2 :  to laugh especially in a harsh or sharp manner

  4. 3 :  chatter

cackle

noun

cackler

play \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of cackle in a sentence

  1. The hens were cackling in the henhouse.

  2. Geese cackled by the pond in the park.

  3. I could hear my aunts cackling in the next room.

Origin and Etymology of cackle

Middle English cakelen, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 13th century


CACKLE Defined for English Language Learners

cackle

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verb cack·le \ˈka-kəl\

Definition of cackle for English Language Learners

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

  • : to laugh noisily


CACKLE Defined for Kids

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cackle

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verb cack·le \ˈka-kəl\

Definition of cackle for Students

cackled

cackling

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

  2. 2 :  to laugh or chatter noisily


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cackle

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noun cack·le

Definition of cackle for Students

  1. :  a sound made by a hen or like that made by a hen <a cackle of laughter>



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