heckler

noun
heck·​ler | \ ˈhe-k(ə-)lər How to pronounce heckler (audio) \
plural hecklers

Definition of heckler

: 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

First Known Use of heckler

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Heckler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heckler. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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