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[kak-uh l]
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verb (used without object), cack·led, cack·ling.
  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.
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verb (used with object), cack·led, cack·ling.
  1. to utter with cackles; express by cackling: They cackled their disapproval.
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  1. the act or sound of cackling.
  2. chatter; idle talk.
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Origin of cackle

1175–1225; Middle English cakelen; cognate with Dutch kakelen, Low German kakeln, Swedish kackla
Related formscack·ler, noun
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Related Words for cackle

giggle, guffaw, chortle, quack, cluck, snicker, crow, snigger, gobble, titter, gibber, chuckle, blather, burble, babble, jabber

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Contemporary Examples of cackle

Historical Examples of cackle

  • 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.

  • A mingling of honk and cackle, it manifested not excitement so much as curiosity.

British Dictionary definitions for cackle


  1. (intr) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
  2. (intr) to laugh or chatter raucously
  3. (tr) to utter in a cackling manner
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  1. the noise or act of cackling
  2. noisy chatter
  3. cut the cackle informal to stop chattering; be quiet
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Derived Formscackler, noun

Word Origin for cackle

C13: probably from Middle Low German kākelen, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for cackle


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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