Definitions for hackleˈhæk əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hack•leˈhæk əl(n.; v.)-led, -ling.

  1. (n.)the neck plumage of a male bird, as the domestic rooster.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. hackles, the erectile hair on the back of an animal's neck. anger, esp. when aroused in a challenging or challenged manner:

    with one's hackles up.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Zoology

  3. Angling. the legs of an artificial fly made with feathers from the neck or saddle of a rooster or other such bird. one of the feathers in such a fly.

    Category: Sport

  4. a comb for dressing flax or hemp.

    Category: Textiles

  5. (v.t.)to comb, as flax or hemp.

    Category: Textiles

Idioms for hackle:

  1. raise one's hackles,to arouse one's anger.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of hackle:

1400–50; late ME hakell; see heckle


hack•leˈhæk əl(v.t.)-led, -ling.

  1. to cut roughly; hack; mangle.

Origin of hackle:

1570–80; hack1+ -le ; c. MD hakkelen

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hackle(verb)

    long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants

  2. heckle, hackle, hatchel(verb)

    comb with a heckle

    "heckle hemp or flax"


  1. hackle(Noun)

    An instrument with steel pins used to comb out flax or hemp.

  2. hackle(Noun)

    One of the long, narrow feathers on the neck of birds, most noticeable on the cock.

  3. hackle(Noun)

    A feather used to make a fishing lure or a fishing lure incorporating a feather.

  4. hackle(Noun)

    By extension (because the hackles of a cock are lifted when it's angry), the hair on the nape of the neck in dogs and other animals; also used figuratively for humans.

    When the dog got angry his hackles rose and he growled.

  5. hackle(Noun)

    A plate with rows of pointed needles used to blend or straighten hair.

  6. hackle(Noun)

    A feather plume on some soldier's uniforms, especially the hat or helmet.

  7. hackle(Verb)

    To dress (flax or hemp) with a hackle; to prepare fibres of flax or hemp for spinning.

  8. hackle(Verb)

    To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.

  9. hackle(Verb)

    To tear asunder; to break into pieces.

    The other divisions of the kingdom being hackled and torn to pieces. uE000126585uE001 Burke.

  10. Origin: *, *, from hakilā. Cognate with Dutch hekel, German Hechel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hackle(noun)

    a comb for dressing flax, raw silk, etc.; a hatchel

  2. Hackle(noun)

    any flimsy substance unspun, as raw silk

  3. Hackle(noun)

    one of the peculiar, long, narrow feathers on the neck of fowls, most noticeable on the cock, -- often used in making artificial flies; hence, any feather so used

  4. Hackle(noun)

    an artificial fly for angling, made of feathers

  5. Hackle(verb)

    to separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel

  6. Hackle(verb)

    to tear asunder; to break in pieces


  1. Hackle

    The hackle is a clipped feather plume that is attached to a military headdress. In the British Army and the armies of some Commonwealth countries the hackle is worn by some infantry regiments, especially those designated as fusilier regiments and those with Scottish and Northern Irish origins. The colour of the hackle varies from regiment to regiment. The hackle should not be confused with the much longer set of feathers commonly attached to the feather bonnet worn by Highland regiments.


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