hackle

1
[hak-uh l]
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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.

Idioms

    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

1
1400–50; late Middle English hakell; see heckle
Related formshack·ler, noun

hackle

2
[hak-uh l]

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

to cut roughly; hack; mangle.

Origin of hackle

2
1570–80; hack1 + -le; cognate with Middle Dutch hakkelen
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British Dictionary definitions for hackles

hackles

pl n

the hairs on the back of the neck and the back of a dog, cat, etc, which rise when the animal is angry or afraid
anger or resentment (esp in the phrases get one's hackles up, make one's hackles rise)

hackle

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 Formshackler, noun

Word Origin for hackle

C15: hakell, probably from Old English; variant of heckle; see hatchel
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Word Origin and History for hackles

hackle

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with hackles

hackles

see raise someone's hackles.

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