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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Flo Rida also embraced the family vibe, ending his Saturday set surrounded on stage by a gaggle of kids and holding a baby in his arms. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Liam Payne, Flo Rida Talk Playing Nickelodeon SlimeFest's U.S. Debut," 11 June 2018 His fifth pitch was crushed to the center-field wall, bouncing over the Coca-Cola sign and into a gaggle of lounging picnickers. Bill Plaschke,, "There is still intrigue despite Shohei Ohtani's uneven spring training debut," 25 Feb. 2018 After the other Contender Series fighters weighed in on Monday morning, Hardy and Lane were asked to stick around and talk with a gaggle of reporters. Robert Klemko,, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018 The New York City company employs a gaggle of doctoratewielding data scientists and statisticians who study Bitcoin’s blockchain—its indelible public ledger that records transactions—to gain clues about who owns given hoards of the digital currency. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "To Catch A Bitcoin Thief, Call These Detectives," 27 June 2018 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

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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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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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