[ hak-uh l ]
/ ˈhæk əl /


verb (used with object), hack·led, hack·ling.

Angling. to equip with a hackle.
to comb, as flax or hemp.

Idioms for 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

1400–50; late Middle English hakell; see heckle


hack·ler, noun
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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.

  • "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

/ (ˈhækəl) /


any of the long slender feathers on the necks of poultry and other birds
  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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