heckler

noun

heck·​ler ˈhe-k(ə-)lər How to pronounce heckler (audio)
plural hecklers
: one who heckles someone (such as a performer or speaker) usually by shouting criticisms or insults
Instead of ignoring the trash talking, [Joey] Votto decided to play with the hecklers. "I remember when you used to be good," one fan shouted out. "I remember when you used to be thin," Votto fired back.Jimmy Traina
As is usual with us, we can't remember any of the jokes well enough to tell them—only one reply made by a comedian, Professor Irwin Corey, to a heckler. "When your I.Q. reaches twenty-eight," Corey told the man, "sell!"The New Yorker

Examples of heckler in a Sentence

avoided the hecklers who hung out on the street corner making threatening remarks to passersby
Recent Examples on the Web Adele tells a homophobic heckler to ‘shut up’ on first day of Pride Month in Las Vegas. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024 In the Israeli media, pundits accused participants of treason to their people, and hecklers have tried to disrupt the events. Eetta Prince-Gibson, TIME, 4 June 2024 Rumor has is that Adele won't tolerate homophobic hecklers — especially during Pride Month. Shania Russell, EW.com, 2 June 2024 Performing a surprise set at the Laugh Factory, a venerable Los Angeles comedy club, Richards responded to some hecklers with a viciously ugly tirade. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2024 Because for the past 18 years, Richards has largely stayed out of the public eye — ever since he was caught on camera in 2006 hurling racial insults, including the N-word to a group of hecklers during a stand-up set. Gillian Telling, Peoplemag, 22 May 2024 Despite being a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, who remains popular with many core Republican voters, Hogan’s chief competitor in a crowded field is none other than perennial candidate and sports heckler Robin Ficker. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2024 The comedian was interrupted by numerous hecklers during a performance on Saturday evening at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, Virginia, less than a week after pro-Palestinian protesters walked out of his commencement address at Duke University. Brendan Morrow, USA TODAY, 19 May 2024 The small group of students had several hecklers flip them off or yell at them. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heckler was in 1824

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“Heckler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heckler. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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