Banners were waved and speakers were both cheered and jeered—opponents commonly turned up to heckle.
We go to the ball park, we heckle a pitcher who throws one bad pitch.
A group of anti-monarchy protestors gathered in Montreal to heckle the young royals, holding up signs reading “Royal Parasites.”
Please torment, harass, vex, heckle, and badger those two blockheads until they honor their commitments to my defense fund.
It seeks to mobilize the base, to provoke and demonize, to get people enraged enough to email, call, heckle at Town Hall meetings.
After all, you're not a professional explainer of the universe that I should heckle you thus.'
I was going to heckle him, when he explained—and with what so far unknown deference, in him, to one's bewilderment!
A few Southern sympathizers who attempted to heckle the speakers were quickly shouted down.
Here all the men of the village congregated daily to smoke, swap jokes, and heckle those who worked.
So five or six of them, all speaking together, began to heckle and cross-question Pelivan.
early 14c., "to comb (flax or hemp) with a heckle;" from heckle (n.) or from related Middle Dutch hekelen. Figurative meaning "to question severely in a bid to uncover weakness" is from late 18c. "Long applied in Scotland to the public questioning of parliamentary candidates" [OED]. Related: Heckled; heckling.
"flax comb," c.1300, hechel, perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *hecel or a cognate Germanic word (cf. Middle High German hechel, Middle Dutch hekel), from Proto-Germanic *hakila-, from PIE *keg- "hook, tooth" (see hook).