- IPA: /ˈhɛkəl/
heckle (heckles, present participle heckling; past and past participle heckled)
- (transitive) To question harshly in an attempt to find or reveal weaknesses. [from later 18th c.]
- (transitive) To insult, tease, make fun of or badger.
- Promise that you won't heckle me after my performance.
- (textiles) To prepare flax for spinning using special combs called hackles
- German: beleidigen, beschimpfen, verspotten, spötteln, verhöhnen, belästigen, bedrängen, plagen, quälen, heimsuchen, necken, stören
heckle (plural heckles)
- Alternative form of hackle#English|hackle (“tool for separating flax”)
- The long shining feathers on a cock's neck.
- A feather ornament in the full-dress bonnets of Highland regiments.