- 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
Related formshack·ler, noun
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