cackle

verb cack·le \ ˈka-kəl \

Definition of cackle

cackled; cackling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of cackle

Middle English cakelen, of imitative origin


CACKLE Defined for English Language Learners

cackle

verb

Definition of cackle for English Language Learners

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

  • : to laugh noisily


CACKLE Defined for Kids

1

cackle

verb cack·le \ ˈka-kəl \

Definition of cackle for Students

cackled; cackling
1 :to make the noise or cry a hen makes especially after laying an egg
2 :to laugh or chatter noisily

2

cackle

noun

Definition of cackle for Students

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


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