- 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 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
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 and History for cackles
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.