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heckle

[ hek-uhl ]
/ ˈhɛk əl /
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verb (used with object), heck·led, heck·ling.

to harass (a public speaker, performer, etc.) with impertinent questions, gibes, or the like; badger.

noun

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RELATED WORDS

pester, bully, tease, rattle, taunt, ridicule, interrupt, embarrass, hound, badger, discomfit, disturb, gibe, faze, bother, disconcert, bait, plague, torment, disrupt

Nearby words

hecht, hecht's pneumonia, hecht, ben, heck, heckelphone, heckle, heckler, heckuva, hect-, hectare, hectic

Origin of heckle

1275–1325; Middle English hekelen, variant of hechelen to comb flax; akin to hackle1, hatchel
SYNONYMS FOR heckle
Related formsheck·ler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heckle

heckle

/ (ˈhɛkəl) /

verb

to interrupt (a public speaker, performer, etc) by comments, questions, or taunts
Also: hackle, hatchel (tr) to comb (hemp or flax)

noun

an instrument for combing flax or hemp
Derived Formsheckler, noun

Word Origin for heckle

C15: Northern and East Anglian form of hackle
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