cackler

cackle

[kak-uhl]
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; Middle English cakelen; cognate with Dutch kakelen, Low German kakeln, Swedish kackla

cackler, noun
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cackle (ˈkækəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
2.  (intr) to laugh or chatter raucously
3.  (tr) to utter in a cackling manner
 
n
4.  the noise or act of cackling
5.  noisy chatter
6.  informal cut the cackle to stop chattering; be quiet
 
[C13: probably from Middle Low German kākelen, of imitative origin]
 
'cackler
 
n

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cackle
early 13c., imitative (see cachinnation).; perhaps partly based on M.Du. kake "jaw." As a noun, from 1670s. Cackleberries, slang for "eggs" is first recorded 1880.
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