gaggle

[gag-uh l]
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noun
  1. a flock of geese when not flying.Compare skein.
  2. an often noisy or disorderly group or gathering: a politician followed by a gaggle of supporters.
  3. an assortment of related things.

Origin of gaggle

1350–1400; Middle English gagelen (v.), gagel (noun); of imitative orig.
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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.

  • He hears the gaggle of geese, the trumpetings of wild swans, and the cry of the curlew as it hovers over the lights.


British Dictionary definitions for gaggle

gaggle

verb
  1. (intr) (of geese) to cackle
noun
  1. a flock of geese
  2. informal a disorderly group of people
  3. a gabbling or cackling sound

Word Origin for gaggle

C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse gagl gosling, Dutch gaggelen to cackle, all of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gaggle
n.

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.).

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