- 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
Related Words for cacklegiggle, guffaw, chortle, quack, cluck, snicker, crow, snigger, gobble, titter, gibber, chuckle, blather, burble, babble, jabber
Examples from the Web for cackle
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of cackle
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 for cackle
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.