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 The gaggle of publicists and assistants who surround the actor debate what to do: Reschedule the shoot? Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 5 May 2022 The gaggle attended both the 11th edition of the UAE’s Annual Investment Meeting and a separate World Government Summit. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 1 May 2022 And suddenly, a magical Giants lineup – with six regulars 30 or older – is banking on repeats, not regression, from a gaggle of veterans. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2022 The real fun started when E.J. threw a fistful of brightly colored tulle scarves, meant to emulate butterfly wings, into the gaggle of squealing children. Laura Newberrystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 On a recent Monday morning, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) bumped into such a gaggle on the way to her office, which is near Manchin’s. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 Gibbs came off the second turn with a lead of several car lengths while a gaggle of machines bunched up behind him, none of them able to make any sort of run. Paul Newberry, ajc, 20 Mar. 2022 Years ago a gaggle of hikers visited the waterfall on a cold January day to find curtains of icicles adding to clear-water beauty. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 15 Mar. 2022 Just years before Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon became the linchpins of the economy and, truthfully, our lives at large, a gaggle of wannabees shot for the sky and crashed. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Gaggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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