(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
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.
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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