AskDefine | Define cackle

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1 the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
2 noisy talk [syn: yak, yack, yakety-yak, chatter]
3 a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle


1 talk or utter in a cackling manner; "The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine"
2 squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
3 emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing

User Contributed Dictionary




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


The cry of a hen, especially when laying an egg
A laugh resembling the cry of a hen


  1. To laugh with a sound similar to a hen's cry.


To laugh with a sound similar to a hen's cry

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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