Definitions for cackle
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the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
yak, yack, yakety-yak, chatter, cacklenoun
a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
talk or utter in a cackling manner
"The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine"
squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
The cry of a hen, especially when laying an egg
A laugh resembling the cry of a hen.
To laugh with a sound similar to a hen's cry.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The voice of a goose or fowl.
Etymology: from the verb.
The silver goose before the shining gate
There flew, and, by her cackle, sav’d the state. Dryden.
Etymology: kaeckelen, Dutch.
The nightingale, if she should sing by day,
When every goose is cackling, would be thought
No better a musician than the wren. William Shakespeare, M. of Venice.
Goose, if I had you upon Sarum plain,
I’d drive thee cackling home to Camelot. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.
Or rob the Roman geese of all their glories,
And save the state, by cackling to the tories. Alexander Pope.
Now to my story I return again:
The trembling widow, and her daughters twain,
This woful cackling cry, with horrour heard,
Of those distracted damsels in the yard. John Dryden, Fab.
Then Nic. grinned, cackled, and laughed, till he was like to kill himself, and seemed to be so pleased, that he fell a frisking and dancing about the room. John Arbuthnot, J. Bull.
Cackle refers to the harsh, loud, often laughter-like sound made by certain birds, such as chickens or geese, or by people, typically conveying amusement, glee or excitement. It can also describe such act of laughing in a high pitch, sharp, and broken manner, often associated with witches.
to make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does
to laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle
to talk in a silly manner; to prattle
the sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg
idle talk; silly prattle
Etymology: [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. Gagle, Cake to cackle.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kak′l, n. the sound made by a hen or goose.—v.i. to make such a sound.—ns. Cack′ler, a fowl that cackles: a talkative, gossiping person; Cack′ling, noise of a goose or hen. [M. E. cakelen; cog. with Dut. hakelen.]
The numerical value of cackle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of cackle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
The hens they all cackle, the roosters all beg, But I will not hatch, I will not hatch. For I hear all the talk of pollution and war As the people all shout and the airplane roar, So I'm staying in here where it's safe and it's warm, And I WILL NOT HATCH
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