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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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English gagelen (v.), gagel (noun); of imitative orig.
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Examples for gaggle
  • It doesn't matter what the gaggle of deniers believes.
  • First, you have to make sure you can sort out a potentially hazardous flock from a non-threatening gaggle.
  • The gaggle of children seemed puzzled by the question.
  • It may seem odd that venture capitalists should care what a gaggle of lowly entrepreneurs have to say about them.
  • By midnight a diminished and disappointed press gaggle stood outside lamenting the dearth of stars.
  • Then there was a gaggle of a dozen television cameras and reporters, flashes popping.
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
gaggle
late 15c., gagyll, with reference to both geese and women. Barnhardt says possibly from O.N. gagl "goose;" 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. Du. gagelen "to chatter;" M.E. gaggle "to cackle," used of geese, attested from late 14c.).
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