Origin: orig. Scotto annoy or harass (a speaker) by interrupting with questions or taunts
Origin: ME hekelin < hechele: see hackle
- heckler noun
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
transitive verb heck·led, heck·ling, heck·les
- To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
- To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
Origin: Middle English hekelen, to comb with a hatchel, from hekel, hatchel, from Middle Dutch; see keg- in Indo-European roots.
- heckˈler noun