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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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Origin of heckle

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English hekelen, variant of hechelen “to comb flax”; akin to hackle1, hatchel
heck·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
heckler, noun
C15: Northern and East Anglian form of hackle
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