gag·gle | \ ˈga-gəl \

Definition of gaggle 

1 : flock especially : a flock of geese when not in flight — compare skein

2 : a group, aggregation, or cluster lacking organization a gaggle of reporters and photographers

3 : an indefinite number participated in a gaggle of petty crimes

Examples of gaggle in a Sentence

a noisy gaggle of photographers

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The moment Delvey's short-lived appearance was over, the gaggle of us who had shown up to gawk (and report back) filed out of the room, movie-theater style. Kathryn Lindsay,, "On The Scene At Anna Delvey's First Hearing As The Notorious Soho Grifter," 5 June 2018 The gaggle of reporters and victims' survivors was smaller than at previous hearings, but still nearly filled Sweet's tiny jailhouse courtroom. Sam Stanton And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "How detectives collected DNA samples from the East Area Rapist suspect," 1 June 2018 Occasionally, a foreign reporter gets away with a challenging question at a news conference or gaggle with an official, but those moments are rare. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "In China, a reporter’s dramatic eye-roll went viral. Then searches of it were censored.," 13 Mar. 2018 For them, that looks like a gaggle of shows sprinkled with a little bit of everything instead of a roster of shows that each appeal to different groups., "What Happened To All Of The Black Teen Shows?," 3 July 2018 In one memorable experiment, Rasel’s group threw a freezer down a 500-foot tower onto a pile of styrofoam peanuts like a gaggle of modern-day Galileos. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "The Quest to Make Super Cold Quantum Blobs in Space," 25 June 2018 To drink, only the finest pitchers of Coke and Sprite for these student athletes, who despite looking exhausted from the pre-Rose Bowl grind, are in good spirits, posing for a gaggle of photographers moving in circles around them. Jordan Okun, Los Angeles Magazine, "Inside Lawry’s Beef Bowl, College Football’s Most Glorious Dining Tradition," 8 Jan. 2018 At a nearby park, men in shorts mill around a grill, while a gaggle of young boys toss a football and dart between playground rides. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 His ethereal, atmospheric images respectfully capture the quest for immortality in Russia, home to a visionary gaggle of cosmists, cryonicists, and transhumanists who believe in a deathless future. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Mystics Seeking Eternal Life Through Liquid Nitrogen," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of gaggle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaggle

derivative of gaggle "to cackle," going back to Middle English gagelyn, of imitative origin

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The first known use of gaggle was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of gaggle

: a group of geese : a flock of geese

: a group of people


gag·gle | \ ˈga-gəl \

Kids Definition of gaggle

1 : a group of animals and especially a flock of geese

2 : a group of people a gaggle of tourists

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a magnificent or impressive array

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