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

     

    cackle

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkækl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkækl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cackle
    BrE BrE//ˈkækl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkækl//
     
    he / she / it cackles
    BrE BrE//ˈkæklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæklz//
     
    past simple cackled
    BrE BrE//ˈkækld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkækld//
     
    past participle cackled
    BrE BrE//ˈkækld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkækld//
     
    -ing form cackling
    BrE BrE//ˈkæklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæklɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a chicken) to make a loud unpleasant noise
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to laugh in a loud unpleasant way They all cackled with delight.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: probably from Middle Low German kākelen, partly imitative, reinforced by kāke ‘jaw, cheek’.Extra examples He cackled wildly at the thought. to cackle with delight/​glee/​laughter/​mirth/​pleasure They all cackled with glee.
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