- 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.
Origin of cackle
Examples from the Web for cackle
For most of the film I was too mortified to actually laugh out loud, but that one got a cackle from me.Real Pilots Laugh at ‘Flight’
November 18, 2012
Kabakov is the Beckett of the art world, creating silences and divorcing himself from the cackle.Is This Anti-Soviet Art?
October 22, 2011
“I am wreaking a double vengeance,” writes Cellini, barely suppressing a cackle.The First Celebrity Tell-All
September 22, 2010
The detective indulged himself in a cackle of sneering merriment.Within the Law
And now stop your clatter and go to sleep; I'm tired of hearing you cackle.The Universal Reciter
The captain looked at him dully; then, understanding, a cackle came from his throat.Under Arctic Ice
And suddenly, unaccountably, he began to chuckle; he began to cackle noisily.Once to Every Man
A mingling of honk and cackle, it manifested not excitement so much as curiosity.Tales of Fishes
- (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
- noisy chatter
- cut the cackle informal to stop chattering; be quiet
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.