What does heckle mean?

Definitions for heckle
ˈhɛk əlheck·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hatchel, heckleverb

    a comb for separating flax fibers

  2. heckle, hackle, hatchelverb

    comb with a heckle

    "heckle hemp or flax"

  3. heckleverb

    challenge aggressively


  1. Heckleverb

    To shout questions or jibes at (a public speaker), so as to disconcert him or render his talk ineffective.


  1. heckleverb

    To question harshly in an attempt to find or reveal weaknesses.

  2. heckleverb

    To insult, tease, make fun of or badger.

    Promise that you won't heckle me after my performance.

  3. Etymology: Transferred usage of hekelen (to comb flax or hemp with a heckle), from hekele (a comb for flax or hemp), from Middle Dutch hekelen (to prickle, irritate), from hakilōnan (related to hackle)


  1. heckle

    A heckler is a person who harasses and tries to disconcert others with questions, challenges, or gibes. Hecklers are often known to shout encouraging comments at a performance or event, or to interrupt set-piece speeches, with the intent of disturbing performers and/or participants.


  1. heckle

    Heckle is a verb that refers to the act of interrupting public speakers, performers, or presenters with aggressive or disruptive comments, questions, or criticisms, often with the intention to embarrass or unsettle them. It may also refer to the act of teasing or mocking someone in a harsh or persistent manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heckle

    same as Hackle


  1. Heckle

    Heckle was a melodic hardcore/punk rock band from New Jersey, United States. Brandishing a unique blend of West Coast melody with East Coast fury, Heckle were somewhat reminiscent of the early New York and DC hardcore bands, yet the band brought a fresh new perspective to this old school format. Formed in the summer of 1994 by guitarist Steve Cunningham, bass player Chris Whalen, guitarist Eric Arikian and vocalist Chris Baglieri, Heckle found original drummer Tim Caspare to complete the group. The band then released a split single in January 1996 with their friends AFI, followed in the spring of 1996 by a full length LP on Berkeley, California's Wingnut Records entitled We're Not Laughing With You. After a nationwide summer tour, the band parted ways with their original drummer. The position was then filled by Todd Hennig who was the drummer for the Vermont hardcore band SevenYearsWar, which Steve had once played guitar for. After another East Coast tour, Heckle was signed by Hopeless Records and recorded their second and final full length album with Donnell Cameron at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, California The Complicated Futility of Ignorance.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heckle

    hek′l, v.i. to comb: to put a parliamentary candidate, or the like, through a series of embarrassing questions.—n. the same as Hack′le, Hatch′el.—ns. Heck′le, the long shining feathers on a cock's neck, a feather ornament in the full-dress bonnets of Highland regiments; Heck′ler, one who torments a candidate with catching questions.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. heckle

    Said to be from the Teutonic heckelen, to dress flax for rope-making. Also, an artificial fly for fishing.

  2. heckle

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

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Heckle is ranked #59470 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Heckle surname appeared 340 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Heckle.

    95.2% or 324 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heckle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heckle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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