- to cackle.
- a flock of geese when not flying.Compare skein.
- an often noisy or disorderly group or gathering: a politician followed by a gaggle of supporters.
- an assortment of related things.
Origin of gaggle
Related Words for gaggleseries, array, lot, collection, batch, throng, horde, group, sellout, people, crew, congregation, mass, party, press, mob, circle, pack, brood, legion
Examples from the Web for gaggle
Contemporary Examples of gaggle
Growing up in Wellsville, New York, Beck was the middle child in a gaggle of sisters and a brother.The Woman Stuck in a Navy SEAL's Body
September 4, 2014
We met with a gaggle of foreign ministers for hours over days.Is ‘The Interview’ About to Launch a Nuclear Sequel War?
June 29, 2014
A gaggle of adolescent dragons intent on flame-broiling every goat in Meereen.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 6, ‘The Laws of Gods and Men’: The Riveting Trial of Tyrion Lannister
May 12, 2014
You name it, we went there, along with a gaggle of individuals who each had some kind of purpose.Sandi Thom On How To Make It As A Female Rock Star
April 9, 2014
A gaggle of party faithful across the country will have six years in office to cut their teeth.French Vote Thrusts Two Women Into the Spotlight
March 31, 2014
Historical Examples of gaggle
Then, with a clang of wings and a chorus of shrill quacks, a gaggle of wild duck got up and sped away into the dark.The City in the Clouds
C. Ranger Gull
He hears the gaggle of geese, the trumpetings of wild swans, and the cry of the curlew as it hovers over the lights.Poachers and Poaching
- (intr) (of geese) to cackle
- a flock of geese
- informal a disorderly group of people
- a gabbling or cackling sound
Word Origin for gaggle
late 15c., gagyll, with reference to both geese and women. Barnhart says possibly from Old Norse gagl "small goose, gosling, bird;" OED calls it "one of the many artificial terms invented in the 15th c. as distinctive collectives referring to particular animals or classes of persons." Possibly of imitative origin (cf. Dutch gagelen "to chatter;" Middle English gaggle "to cackle," used of geese, attested from late 14c.).