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cackle

[kak-uh l] /ˈkæk əl/
verb (used without object), cackled, cackling.
1.
to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen.
2.
to laugh in a shrill, broken manner.
3.
to chatter noisily; prattle.
verb (used with object), cackled, cackling.
4.
to utter with cackles; express by cackling:
They cackled their disapproval.
noun
5.
the act or sound of cackling.
6.
chatter; idle talk.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English cakelen; cognate with Dutch kakelen, Low German kakeln, Swedish kackla
Related forms
cackler, noun
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Examples from the web for cackled
  • Singers rasped, cackled and near-yodeled, and the songs thrived on the treatment.
  • Lots of dolls, especially one that cackled hysterically and kicked up her legs when you waved a hand near her chubby cheeks.
  • She cackled with pleasure and pride in her deeds of prowess.
  • Fictional villains of my childhood usually cackled, hissed or purred.
British Dictionary definitions for cackled

cackle

/ˈkækəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
2.
(intransitive) to laugh or chatter raucously
3.
(transitive) to utter in a cackling manner
noun
4.
the noise or act of cackling
5.
noisy chatter
6.
(informal) cut the cackle, to stop chattering; be quiet
Derived Forms
cackler, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably from Middle Low German kākelen, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for cackled

cackle

v.

early 13c., imitative (see cachinnation); perhaps partly based on Middle Dutch kake "jaw." Related: Cackled; cackling. As a noun from 1670s. Cackleberries, slang for "eggs" is first recorded 1880.

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