intransitive verb-·led, -·ling
- to make the shrill, broken vocal sounds of a hen
- to laugh or chatter with similar sounds
Origin of cackleMiddle English cakelen; akin to Dutch kokkelen, Low German kakkeln from Indo-European base an unverified form kak-: of echoic origin, originally
- the act or sound of cackling
- cackling laughter
- idle or silly chatter
cut the cackle
verbcack·led, cack·ling, cack·les
- To make the shrill cry characteristic of a hen after laying an egg.
- To laugh or talk in a shrill manner.
- The act or sound of cackling.
- Shrill laughter.
- Foolish chatter.
Origin of cackleMiddle English cakelen probably from Middle Low German kākeln of imitative origin
(third-person singular simple present cackles, present participle cackling, simple past and past participle cackled)