verb (used without object), cack·led, cack·ling.

  1. to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen.
  2. to laugh in a shrill, broken manner.
  3. to chatter noisily; prattle.

verb (used with object), cack·led, cack·ling.

  1. to utter with cackles; express by cackling: They cackled their disapproval.


  1. the act or sound of cackling.
  2. chatter; idle talk.


  1. (intr) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
  2. (intr) to laugh or chatter raucously
  3. (tr) to utter in a cackling manner


  1. the noise or act of cackling
  2. noisy chatter
  3. cut the cackle informal to stop chattering; be quiet

early 13c., imitative (see cachinnation); perhaps partly based on Middle Dutch kake “jaw.” Related: Cackled; cackling. As a noun from 1670s. Cackleberries, slang for “eggs” is first recorded 1880.

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