Definition of heckle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

heckle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhekl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhekl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they heckle
BrE BrE//ˈhekl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhekl//
 
he / she / it heckles
BrE BrE//ˈheklz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈheklz//
 
past simple heckled
BrE BrE//ˈhekld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhekld//
 
past participle heckled
BrE BrE//ˈhekld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhekld//
 
-ing form heckling
BrE BrE//ˈheklɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈheklɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] heckle (somebody) to interrupt a speaker at a public meeting by shouting out questions or rude remarks synonym barrack He was booed and heckled throughout his speech. Word Origin Middle English (originally referring to the act of splitting and straightening out the fibres of flax or hemp): from heckle ‘flax comb’, a northern and eastern form of hackle. The sense ‘interrupt (a public speaker) with aggressive comments’ arose in the mid 17th cent.; for the development in sense, compare with tease.
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