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 a gaggle with press after the event, Steyer answered questions about this decision to bring up race during the Democratic presidential debate Friday. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: New Hampshire voting is hours away," 10 Feb. 2020 This patch of desert is home to a gaggle of beer vendors who open for business on Wednesday. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Going to the Phoenix Open? Here's a party-goers guide to The Greatest Show on Grass," 28 Jan. 2020 The streaming giant faces heightened competition from a gaggle of domestic rivals including Walt Disney Co. ’s Disney+ streaming platform and Apple Inc.’s Apple TV+. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "American Airlines, Starbucks, Netflix: Stocks That Defined the Week," 24 Jan. 2020 When the topic was broached during a press gaggle following an Aug. 29 debate, Merritt was the first to commit to releasing a black agenda, and eventually did so on Oct. 15. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "How black leaders are pushing Indianapolis mayoral candidates to address inequities," 22 Oct. 2019 On October 23, a gaggle of House Republicans, led by Matt Gaetz of Florida, stormed the Capitol’s Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Trump’s Loyal Apprentice in Congress," 13 Dec. 2019 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

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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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25 Feb 2020

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“Gaggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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