(noun) a loud laugh suggestive of a hen’s cackle

yak, yack, yakety-yak, chatter, cackle

(noun) noisy talk


(noun) the sound made by a hen after laying an egg


(verb) emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing


(verb) squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens


(verb) talk or utter in a cackling manner; “The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



cackle (countable and uncountable, plural cackles)

The cry of a hen or goose, especially when laying an egg.

A laugh resembling the cry of a hen or goose.

Futile or excessively noisy talk.

A group of hyenas.


cackle (third-person singular simple present cackles, present participle cackling, simple past and past participle cackled)

(intransitive) To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.

(intransitive) To laugh with a broken sound similar to a hen's cry.

(intransitive) To talk in a silly manner; to prattle.


• See also laugh

Source: Wiktionary

Cac"kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cackled (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cackling.] Etym: [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. Gagle, Cake to cackle.]

1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does. When every goose is cackling. Shak.

2. To laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle. Arbuthnot.

3. To talk in a silly manner; to prattle. Johnson.

Cac"kle, n.

1. The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg. By her cackle saved the state. Dryden.

2. Idle talk; silly prattle. There is a buzz and cackle all around regarding the sermon. Thackeray.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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