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cackle

[kak-uh l] /ˈkæk əl/
verb (used without object), cackled, cackling.
1.
to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen.
2.
to laugh in a shrill, broken manner.
3.
to chatter noisily; prattle.
verb (used with object), cackled, cackling.
4.
to utter with cackles; express by cackling:
They cackled their disapproval.
noun
5.
the act or sound of cackling.
6.
chatter; idle talk.
Origin of cackle
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English cakelen; cognate with Dutch kakelen, Low German kakeln, Swedish kackla
Related forms
cackler, noun
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  • The detective indulged himself in a cackle of sneering merriment.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And now stop your clatter and go to sleep; I'm tired of hearing you cackle.

  • The captain looked at him dully; then, understanding, a cackle came from his throat.

    Under Arctic Ice H.G. Winter
  • And suddenly, unaccountably, he began to chuckle; he began to cackle noisily.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • A mingling of honk and cackle, it manifested not excitement so much as curiosity.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • "'We've climbed the hill toge-ge-ge-ther,'" chimed in Purvis, with a cackle.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • And he laughed with a cackle a demon could not have rivalled.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for cackle

cackle

/ˈkækəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
2.
(intransitive) to laugh or chatter raucously
3.
(transitive) to utter in a cackling manner
noun
4.
the noise or act of cackling
5.
noisy chatter
6.
(informal) cut the cackle, to stop chattering; be quiet
Derived Forms
cackler, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably from Middle Low German kākelen, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for cackle
v.

early 13c., imitative (see cachinnation); perhaps partly based on Middle Dutch kake "jaw." Related: Cackled; cackling. As a noun from 1670s. Cackleberries, slang for "eggs" is first recorded 1880.

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