gaggle

noun

gag·​gle ˈga-gəl How to pronounce gaggle (audio)
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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Word History

Etymology

derivative of gaggle "to cackle," going back to Middle English gagelyn, of imitative origin

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gaggle was in the 15th century

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“Gaggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaggle. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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gaggle

noun
gag·​gle ˈgag-əl How to pronounce gaggle (audio)
1
: flock entry 1 sense 1
especially : a flock of geese when not in flight
2
: an unorganized group
a gaggle of reporters

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