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

v emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing

Type of:
express joy, express mirth, laugh
produce laughter

v talk or utter in a cackling manner

“The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine”
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens

make a noise characteristic of a goose
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

n a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle

Type of:
laugh, laughter
the sound of laughing

n the sound made by a hen after laying an egg

Type of:
the characteristic utterance of an animal

n noisy talk

chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak
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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