gag·​gle | \ ˈga-gəl How to pronounce gaggle (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web In their place are elderly, ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing black overcoats and fedoras; south and central Asians with traditional karakul hats; and gaggles of merchants shouting in languages from across the world. Barak Richman, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Manhattan’s Diamond District Continues To Operate Like an Old World Bazaar," 16 Jan. 2020 Traffic was flowing on West Sam Houston Tollway and its southbound feeder road, but a gaggle of police cars and Houston Fire Department trucks blocked off traffic on Westview Drive from Memorial Hermann Hospital to the tollway. Gwendolyn Wu, Houston Chronicle, "Chemical spill blocks west Houston roads," 15 Dec. 2019 The first of three research flights took off on Oct. 18, carrying 49 people in all — some Qantas employees, six frequent fliers and a gaggle of reporters. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Would 19 Hours and 16 Minutes in the Air Make Me Crazy?," 13 Nov. 2019 Rebecca Taichman, a director known for her work with such leading playwrights as Sarah Ruhl and Paula Vogel, was addressing a gaggle of young men, most in their late teens and early 20s, in a Greenwich Village rehearsal space. Elysa Gardner, New York Times, "Meet the Kids Who’ll Make ‘Sing Street’ Rock," 11 Dec. 2019 Programmers at OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research company, recently taught a gaggle of intelligent artificial agents — bots — to play hide-and-seek. Quanta Magazine, "Playing Hide-and-Seek, Machines Invent New Tools," 18 Nov. 2019 In Empire, a ruthless real estate agent coaxes a gaggle of losers, free-loaders, and down-on-their-luck opportunists to Dreamland Shores, a still-under-construction community in Florida’s Everglades. Elizabeth Horkley, Quartz, "Our obsession with insects in horror films says a lot about our fear of destroying the planet," 30 Oct. 2019 Webre even manages to insert a gaggle of dancing grasshoppers into the mix., "Onstage tornadoes, flying monkeys, dancing poppies: 'Wizard of Oz' ballet is 'spectacular'," 26 Oct. 2019 Ping An also controls a gaggle of venture and private equity funds, including the Global Voyager Fund, a $1 billion war chest launched in 2017. Fortune, "China’s Biggest Private Sector Company Is Betting Its Future on Data," 22 July 2019

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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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28 Jan 2020

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“Gaggle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce gaggle (audio) \

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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