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ˈhæk əlhack·le

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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

  7. Origin: [See Heckle, and cf. Hatchel.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hackle

    hak′l, n. an instrument with iron teeth for sorting hemp or flax: any flimsy substance unspun: a feather in a cock's neck: part of the dressing of a fly-hook used by anglers.—v.t. to dress with a hackle, as flax: to tear rudely asunder.—n. Hack′ler, a flax-dresser, heckler.—adj. Hack′ly, rough and broken, as if hacked or chopped: (min.) covered with sharp points. [Cf. Dut. hekel, Ger. hechel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hackle

    A machine for teazing flax. Also, a west-country name for the stickleback.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hackle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hackle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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