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cackle

[ kak-uhl ]
/ ˈkæk əl /
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verb (used without object), cack·led, cack·ling.

to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen.
to laugh in a shrill, broken manner.
to chatter noisily; prattle.

verb (used with object), cack·led, cack·ling.

to utter with cackles; express by cackling: They cackled their disapproval.

noun

the act or sound of cackling.
chatter; idle talk.

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Origin of cackle

1175–1225; Middle English cakelen; cognate with Dutch kakelen,Low German kakeln,Swedish kackla

OTHER WORDS FROM cackle

cackler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cackle

cackle
/ (ˈkækəl) /

verb

(intr) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
(intr) to laugh or chatter raucously
(tr) to utter in a cackling manner

noun

the noise or act of cackling
noisy chatter
cut the cackle informal to stop chattering; be quiet

Derived forms of cackle

cackler, noun

Word Origin for cackle

C13: probably from Middle Low German kākelen, of imitative origin
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