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
3 : chatter

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Other Words from cackle

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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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 This was a man who walked the San Clemente beaches wearing black wingtips and casually made racist remarks to aides, but who also cackled at White House sleepovers and parties with Sammy Davis Jr. and Duke Ellington. Wil Haygood, Town & Country, "The Best (and Worst) White House Parties of All Time," 1 Jan. 2013 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,, "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,, "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

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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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