gag·​gle ˈga-gəl How to pronounce gaggle (audio)
: flock
especially : a flock of geese when not in flight compare skein
: a group, aggregation, or cluster lacking organization
a gaggle of reporters and photographers
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Gaggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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gag·​gle ˈgag-əl How to pronounce gaggle (audio)
: flock entry 1 sense 1
especially : a flock of geese when not in flight
: an unorganized group
a gaggle of reporters

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