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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cackle \Cac"kle\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Cackled} (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cackling}.] [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. {Gagle}, {Cake} to cackle.]

1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.

When every goose is cackling. --Shak.

2. To laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle. --Arbuthnot.

3. To talk in a silly manner; to prattle. --Johnson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cackle \Cac"kle\, noun

1. The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg.

By her cackle saved the state. --Dryden.

2. Idle talk; silly prattle.

There is a buzz and cackle all around regarding the sermon. --Thackeray.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cackle

noun

1: the sound made by a hen after laying an egg

2: noisy talk [syn: {yak}, {yack}, {yakety-yak}, {chatter}, {cackle}]

3: a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle

verb

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


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