heckle

To heckle is to challenge or harass someone. At a sporting event, fans sometimes heckle the opposing team, but it’s not very respectable behavior.

One of the many challenges of being a stand-up comedian is dealing with people harassing you from the audience. Those people are heckling. While heckling in a comedy club is not all that unusual, it’s still rude. If you choose to heckle someone, whether they are a comic or anyone else, be prepared to be heckled back — or worse.

Definitions of heckle
  1. verb
    challenge aggressively
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    type of:
    break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
    make a break in
  2. verb
    comb with a heckle
    heckle hemp or flax”
    synonyms: hackle, hatchel
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    type of:
    comb
    straighten with a comb
  3. noun
    a comb for separating flax fibers
    synonyms: hatchel
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    type of:
    comb
    any of several tools for straightening fibers
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