Cac"kle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cackled (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cackling (?).] [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. Gagle, Cake to cackle.]

1.

To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.

When every goose is cackling. Shak.

2.

To laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle.

Arbuthnot.

3.

To talk in a silly manner; to prattle.

Johnson.

 

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Cac"kle (?), n.

1.

The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg.

By her cackle saved the state. Dryden.

2.

Idle talk; silly prattle.

There is a buzz and cackle all around regarding the sermon. Thackeray.

 

© Webster 1913.

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