- 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.
verb (used with object), hack·led, hack·ling.
Origin of hackle1
Examples from the Web for hackler
"Better where you are," said Hackler, with what sounded very much like a sigh.
Under Hackler I was treated more like a brute than a human being.The Underground Railroad|William Still
"Let her know her little boy is going out in good company," said Hackler.
Hackler says so, the boatman says so; he could not live on the moor.
British Dictionary definitions for hackler
- parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly
- short for hackle fly
Word Origin for hackle
Word Origin and History for hackler
Old English hacele "cloak, mantle" (cf. Old High German hachul, Gothic hakuls "cloak;" Old Norse hekla "hooded frock"). Sense of "bird plumage" is first recorded early 15c., though this might be from unrelated Middle English hackle "flax comb" (see heckle (n.)) on supposed resemblance of comb to ruffled feathers. Metaphoric extension found in raise one's hackles (as a cock does when angry) is first recorded 1881.