Other forms: cackling; cackled; cackles

To cackle is to laugh in a loud, harsh way. Your dad's jokes might be so bad that they're funny, making you cackle every time.

When you cackle, people hear you — it's annoying to sit in an otherwise quiet restaurant beside a table of people who talk and cackle raucously. The sound the cacklers make can also be called a cackle, a squawking laugh that a chicken might make. Experts think there may be a connection between cackle and the Middle Dutch word for "jaw," kake, but it's most likely to be imitative, a word that sounds just like the noise it describes.

Definitions of cackle
  1. verb
    emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
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    express joy, express mirth, laugh
    produce laughter
  2. verb
    talk or utter in a cackling manner
    “The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine”
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  3. verb
    squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
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    make a noise characteristic of a goose
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  4. noun
    a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
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    laugh, laughter
    the sound of laughing
  5. noun
    the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
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    the characteristic utterance of an animal
  6. noun
    noisy talk
    synonyms: chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak
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    blether, chin music, idle talk, prate, prattle
    idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
    type of:
    talk, talking
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
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