cackle

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cackle (plural cackles)

  1. The cry of a hen or goose, especially when laying an egg
  2. A laugh resembling the cry of a hen or goose.

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

cackle (third-person singular simple present cackles, present participle cackling, simple past and past participle cackled)

  1. (intransitive) To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.
    • Shakespeare
      When every goose is cackling.
  2. (intransitive) To laugh with a broken sound similar to a hen's cry.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      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.
  3. (intransitive) To talk in a silly manner; to prattle.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)

SynonymsEdit

TranslationsEdit

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 20 March 2014, at 16:21