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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Priyanka had her bachelorette excursion (in the form of a trip to Amsterdam with a gaggle of her closest lady friends, NBD) last week. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas' Bachelor Party and Priyanka Chopra's Bachelorette Party, Compared," 11 Nov. 2018 Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding featured a gaggle of children — including Prince George and Princess Charlotte — as pageboys and bridesmaids. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Best Gossip From the Royal Wedding," 22 May 2018 Avoid a gaggle of small, same-size pots, which will look busy and unplanned. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 But asked about Julian Assange during a press gaggle last week, Trump professed ignorance about his work. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "The story Jerome Corsi is now telling about WikiLeaks is exceedingly hard to believe," 29 Nov. 2018 He was deeply involved in two mergers that helped transform the securities industry from a gaggle of small partnerships into a business dominated by global companies. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Robert Gardiner, Wall Street Giant, Helped Sears With ‘Socks and Stocks’ Strategy," 16 Nov. 2018 Brown lopes across the playground as a police radio crackles and a gaggle of kids watch, probably expecting the tall officer to land in a heap in the playground’s mulch. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "A D.C. police officer and a kid had a backflip contest. The results went viral.," 3 July 2018 The win unfolded in front of a gaggle of regional luminaries; rappers and politicians and athletes and billionaires. Marcus Hayes,, "Sixers come together again to eliminate the Heat, advance in NBA playoffs| Marcus Hayes," 24 Apr. 2018 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

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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