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hackle

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[ hak-uhl ]
/ ˈhæk əl /
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noun
verb (used with object), hack·led, hack·ling.
Angling. to equip with a hackle.
to comb, as flax or hemp.
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Idioms about hackle

    raise one's hackles, to arouse one's anger: Such officiousness always raises my hackles.
Also hatchel, heckle (for defs. 5, 7).

Origin of hackle

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1400–50; late Middle English hakell;see heckle

OTHER WORDS FROM hackle

hackler, noun

Other definitions for hackle (2 of 2)

hackle2
[ hak-uhl ]
/ ˈhæk əl /

verb (used with object), hack·led, hack·ling.
to cut roughly; hack; mangle.

Origin of hackle

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1570–80; hack1 + -le; cognate with Middle Dutch hakkelen
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How to use hackle in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hackle

hackle
/ (ˈhækəl) /

noun
any of the long slender feathers on the necks of poultry and other birds
angling
  1. parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly
  2. short for hackle fly
a feathered ornament worn in the headdress of some British regiments
a steel flax comb
verb (tr)
to comb (flax) using a hackle
See also hackles

Derived forms of hackle

hackler, noun

Word Origin for hackle

C15: hakell, probably from Old English; variant of heckle; see hatchel
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