On one side of her were four or five half starved squeaking pigs, on the other a flock of gaggling geese.
Their cry is almost indistinguishable from the gaggling of geese, and they fly in the same chain-like formations.
As they fly they make a curious "gaggling" cry, which can be heard from a very long distance.
Of waking dog, nor gaggling goose more waker then the hound.'
late 15c., gagyll, with reference to both geese and women. Barnhart says possibly from Old Norse gagl "small goose, gosling, bird;" OED calls it "one of the many artificial terms invented in the 15th c. as distinctive collectives referring to particular animals or classes of persons." Possibly of imitative origin (cf. Dutch gagelen "to chatter;" Middle English gaggle "to cackle," used of geese, attested from late 14c.).