gaggle

[gag-uhl]
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; Middle English gagelen (v.), gagel (noun); of imitative orig.

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gaggle (ˈɡæɡəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of geese) to cackle
 
n
2.  a flock of geese
3.  informal a disorderly group of people
4.  a gabbling or cackling sound
 
[C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse gagl gosling, Dutch gaggelen to cackle, all of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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.
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