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gaggle

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English gagelen (to cackle).

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NounEdit

gaggle (plural gaggles)

  1. A group of geese when they are on the ground or on the water.
    • 2011, Denise A. White, The Goose and the Crone, AuthorHouse, ISBN 978-1-4520-8633-0, page 11:
      The Canada geese always flew over the 80 acre lake; it was a landmark on their route and a stopping point for many a gaggle, where many hours were spent after feeding in the farmers' fields.
  2. Any group or gathering of related things; bunch.

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VerbEdit

gaggle (third-person singular simple present gaggles, present participle gaggling, simple past and past participle gaggled)

  1. To make a noise like a goose; to cackle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    • 1733, Jonathan Swift, "A New Simile for the Ladies with Useful Annotations by Dr. Sheridan", note 7 (in The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. II):
      When a friend asked Socrates, how he could bear the scolding of his wife Xantippe? he retorted, and asked him, how he could bear the gaggling of his geese?

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