- the erectile hair on the back of an animal's neck: At the sound of footsteps, the dog raised her hackles.
- anger, especially when aroused in a challenging or challenged manner: with one's hackles up.
- the legs of an artificial fly made with feathers from the neck or saddle of a rooster or other such bird.
- hackle fly.
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Origin of hackle1
OTHER WORDS FROM hacklehackler, noun
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Robin and I just had to plow through and keep our hackles up.Inside HBO's Nuclear Family—and a Lesbian Family's Fight To Exist|Madeleine Carlisle|September 23, 2021|Time
The White Palmer—dubbed with white peacock's harl, and a black hackle over it.
The Black Palmer—dubbed with black copper coloured peacock's harl, and a black cock's hackle over that, wings, blackbird.
The Harry Longlegs—dubbed with darkish brown hair, and a brown hackle over it, head rather large.
White Moth—strands from an Ostrich, wings from a white Pigeon, a white hackle for legs, and a black head.
The Cad bait, with a little hackle round the top of the shank of the hook, kills well.
British Dictionary definitions for hackle
- parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly
- short for hackle fly