What does cackle mean?

Definitions for cackle
ˈkæk əlcack·le

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cackle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cacklenoun

    the sound made by a hen after laying an egg

  2. yak, yack, yakety-yak, chatter, cacklenoun

    noisy talk

  3. cackleverb

    a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle

  4. cackleverb

    talk or utter in a cackling manner

    "The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine"

  5. cackleverb

    squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens

  6. cackleverb

    emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing


  1. cacklenoun

    The cry of a hen, especially when laying an egg

  2. cacklenoun

    A laugh resembling the cry of a hen.

  3. cackleverb

    To laugh with a sound similar to a hen's cry.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cacklenoun

    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.

  2. To CACKLEverb

    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.


  1. cackle

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cackleverb

    to make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does

  2. Cackleverb

    to laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle

  3. Cackleverb

    to talk in a silly manner; to prattle

  4. Cacklenoun

    the sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg

  5. Cacklenoun

    idle talk; silly prattle

  6. Etymology: [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. Gagle, Cake to cackle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cackle

    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.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cackle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cackle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of cackle in a Sentence

  1. Shel Silverstein:

    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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