transitive verb-·led, -·ling
Origin of heckleorig. Scot to annoy or harass (a speaker) by interrupting with questions or taunts
Origin of heckleMiddle English hekelin from hechele: see hackle
transitive verbheck·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 of heckleMiddle English hekelen to comb with a hatchel from hekel hatchel from Middle Dutch; see keg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present heckles, present participle heckling, simple past and past participle heckled)
Transferred usage of hekelen (to comb flax or hemp with a heckle), from Middle English hekele (a comb for flax or hemp), from Middle Dutch hekelen (to prickle, irritate), from Proto-Germanic *hakilōną (related to hackle)