• IPA: /ˈkækəl/


  1. The cry of a hen or goose, especially when laying an egg.
  2. A laugh resembling the cry of a hen or goose.
  3. Futile or excessively noisy talk.
    • 1930, Frank Richards, The Magnet, All Quiet on the Greyfriars Front
      There's no time to waste on silly cackle.
  4. A group of hyenas.
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cackle (cackles, present participle cackling; past and past participle cackled)

  1. (intransitive) To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      When every goose is cackling.
  2. (intransitive) To laugh with a broken sound similar to a hen's cry.
    The witch cackled evilly.
  3. (intransitive) To talk in a silly manner; to prattle.
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