Definitions for: Cackle

[n] a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
[n] noisy talk
[n] the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
[v] emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
[v] squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
[v] talk or utter in a cackling manner; "Hello!," the women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine.

Webster (1913) Definition: Cac"kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cackled (-k'ld); p. pr.
& vb. n. Cackling.] [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D.
kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf.
Gagle, Cake to cackle.]
1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose

When every goose is cackling. --Shak.

2. To laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen
or a goose; to giggle. --Arbuthnot.

3. To talk in a silly manner; to prattle. --Johnson.

Cac"kle, n.
1. The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that
has laid an egg.

By her cackle saved the state. --Dryden.

2. Idle talk; silly prattle.

There is a buzz and cackle all around regarding the
sermon. --Thackeray.

Synonyms: chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak

See Also: blether, chin music, cry, emit, express joy, express mirth, gaggle, idle talk, laugh, laugh, laughter, let loose, let out, mouth, prate, prattle, speak, talk, talk, talking, utter, verbalise, verbalize

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