- Rhymes: -ækəl
cackle (plural cackles)
- The cry of a hen or goose, especially when laying an egg
- A laugh resembling the cry of a hen or goose.
cry of a hen or goose, especially when laying an egg
laugh resembling the cry of a hen or goose
- (intransitive) To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.
- When every goose is cackling.
- (intransitive) To laugh with a broken sound similar to a hen's cry.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
- The witch cackled evilly.
- (intransitive) To talk in a silly manner; to prattle.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
- See also Wikisaurus:laugh
to make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does
to laugh with a sound similar to a hen's cry