Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
  2. (noun, communication) noisy talk
  3. (noun, event) the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
  4. (verb, body) emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
  5. (verb, communication) squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
  6. (verb, communication) talk or utter in a cackling manner

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Synonyms of Cackle

chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak

Origin of the word Cackle

  1. early 13c., imitative (see cachinnation).; perhaps partly based on M.Du. kake "jaw." As a noun, from 1670s. Cackleberries, slang for "eggs" is first recorded 1880. more

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