- 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 cacklesgiggle, guffaw, chortle, quack, cluck, snicker, crow, snigger, gobble, titter, gibber, chuckle, blather, burble, babble, jabber
Examples from the Web for cackles
Contemporary Examples of cackles
In another year, stories about the strange new face of an A-list actress might draw chortles and cackles.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
Push a button and Elmo cackles before asking what sounds unmistakably like, “Who wants to die?”Eight Biggest Elmo Scandals: Kevin Clash, Katy Perry & More (VIDEO)
November 14, 2012
Historical Examples of cackles
She went into a series of cackles that positively made her bones rattle.The Silver Butterfly
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Same as a flock o' geese, only one quacks and the other cackles.Austin and His Friends
Frederic H. Balfour
Ted proceeds with a try at being flippant and Oliver cackles with mirth.Young People's Pride
Stephen Vincent Benet
Cack′ler, a fowl that cackles: a talkative, gossiping person; Cack′ling, noise of a goose or hen.
Lor bless yer, this Lucyun, 'e knowed all the cackles as ever was chinned.
- (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
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.