Heckle meaning

hĕkəl
To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
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To annoy or harass (a speaker) by interrupting with questions or taunts.
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To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
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To question harshly in an attempt to find or reveal weaknesses. [from later 18th c.]
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To insult, tease, make fun of or badger.

Promise that you won't heckle me after my performance.

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Origin of heckle

  • Middle English hekelen to comb with a hatchel from hekel hatchel from Middle Dutch keg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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)

    From Wiktionary