heckle
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈhɛkəl/
Verb

heckle (heckles, present participle heckling; past and past participle heckled)

  1. (transitive) To question harshly in an attempt to find or reveal weaknesses. [from later 18th c.]
  2. (transitive) To insult, tease, make fun of or badger.
    Promise that you won't heckle me after my performance.
  3. (textiles) To prepare flax for spinning using special combs called hackles
Related terms Translations Translations Noun

heckle (plural heckles)

  1. Alternative form of hackle#English|hackle (“tool for separating flax”)
  2. The long shining feathers on a cock's neck.
  3. A feather ornament in the full-dress bonnets of Highland regiments.



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