to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen.
to laugh in a shrill, broken manner.
to chatter noisily; prattle.
to utter with cackles; express by cackling: They cackled their disapproval.
the act or sound of cackling.
chatter; idle talk.
- cackler, noun
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How to use cackle in a sentence
A smile, wry and lopsided, grows into a chuckle — which then escalates to a cackle most improper.
Just as familiar as her face to anyone who has watched TV or movies in the past 40 years are Smart’s dazzlingly deadpan line readings, her come-hither drawl and her signature sharp cackle.‘Hacks’ delivers what audiences didn’t know they needed: Jean Smart in a starring role | Ashley Fetters | June 11, 2021 | Washington Post
For most of the film I was too mortified to actually laugh out loud, but that one got a cackle from me.
Kabakov is the Beckett of the art world, creating silences and divorcing himself from the cackle.
“I am wreaking a double vengeance,” writes Cellini, barely suppressing a cackle.
The latter, fastened by the legs to the rails of the wagons, kept up a deafening cackle.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
When she heard a hen cackle she always ran to look for the nest, and one day she discovered one under the fruit-shed.The Animal Story Book | Various
"Hold your—cackle," cried one, "he is going to sing;" and the whole party had their eyes turned with expectation towards the bird.The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book | Various
Her hard but not unmusical laugh had given place to a grating cackle, and a leer of affected gaiety had replaced the merry eye.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant | Alexander Johnstone Wilson
How the young hens would giggle if I did, and how the old ones would cackle!Little Folks (November 1884) | Various
British Dictionary definitions for cackle
(intr) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
(intr) to laugh or chatter raucously
(tr) to utter in a cackling manner
the noise or act of cackling
cut the cackle informal to stop chattering; be quiet
- cackler, noun
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