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gaggle

[gag-uh l] /ˈgæg əl/
verb (used without object), gaggled, gaggling.
1.
to cackle.
noun
2.
a flock of geese when not flying.
Compare skein.
3.
an often noisy or disorderly group or gathering:
a politician followed by a gaggle of supporters.
4.
an assortment of related things.
Origin of gaggle
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gagelen (v.), gagel (noun); of imitative orig.
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  • Then, with a clang of wings and a chorus of shrill quacks, a gaggle of wild duck got up and sped away into the dark.

    The City in the Clouds C. Ranger Gull
  • He hears the gaggle of geese, the trumpetings of wild swans, and the cry of the curlew as it hovers over the lights.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for gaggle

gaggle

/ˈɡæɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of geese) to cackle
noun
2.
a flock of geese
3.
(informal) a disorderly group of people
4.
a gabbling or cackling sound
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse gagl gosling, Dutch gaggelen to cackle, all of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gaggle
n.

late 15c., gagyll, with reference to both geese and women. Barnhart says possibly from Old Norse gagl "small goose, gosling, bird;" OED calls it "one of the many artificial terms invented in the 15th c. as distinctive collectives referring to particular animals or classes of persons." Possibly of imitative origin (cf. Dutch gagelen "to chatter;" Middle English gaggle "to cackle," used of geese, attested from late 14c.).

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