• The Citadel saved by the cackling of the Geese
    The Citadel saved by the cackling of the Geese
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cackle emit a loud, unpleasant kind of laughing
    • v cackle squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
    • v cackle talk or utter in a cackling manner "The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine"
    • n cackle a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
    • n cackle noisy talk
    • n cackle the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cackle Idle talk; silly prattle. "There is a buzz and cackle all around regarding the sermon."
    • Cackle The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg. "By her cackle saved the state."
    • Cackle To laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle.
    • Cackle To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does. "When every goose is cackling ."
    • Cackle To talk in a silly manner; to prattle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cackle To utter a noisy succession of thin, shrill, broken notes: specifically used of the cry made by a hen after laying an egg or by a goose when excited or alarmed.
    • cackle To laugh with a broken noise like the cackling of a goose; giggle.
    • cackle To prate: prattle; tattle; talk in a silly manner.
    • n cackle The shrill repeated cry of a goose or hen.
    • n cackle Idle talk; silly prattle.
    • cackle Nautical, to wind right and left alternately: as, to cackle a cable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cackle kak′l the sound made by a hen or goose
    • v.i Cackle to make such a sound
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  • Mark Twain
    “Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “They say that hens do cackle loudest when there is nothing vital in the eggs they have laid.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cakelen,; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern,; all of imitative origin. Cf. Gagle Cake to cackle


In literature:

The bird frequently makes a kind of cackling noise, and when enraged at an enemy, it hisses very loudly.
"New National Fourth Reader" by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
Camping in the East is generally within sound of the cackle of the hen and the low of the cow.
"American Missionary, Volume 44, No. 1, January, 1890" by Various
She was mumbling and cackling to herself when about to pass, but was addressed by Lindsay.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The only reply given to this very natural query was a subdued cackle, evidently proceeding from the two first speakers.
"Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
Often when the clash of wit was sharp he cackled in perverse delight.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Same as a flock o' geese, only one quacks and the other cackles.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
The cocks began to crow loud enough to split their throats, and the hens to fly about and cackle.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
They cabal, and tattle, and hiss, and cackle comminations under their breath.
"English Satires" by Various
The chickens were scurrying about the yard, cackling hysterically as they dodged this and that herder.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
Remembering that it was a woman who lost the world, we should accept the act of cackling geese in saving Rome as partial reparation.
"A Cynic Looks at Life" by Ambrose Bierce

In poetry:

What's that I hear?
My mother cackling at me! Just her way,
So prejudiced and ignorant I say;
So far behind the wisdom of the day!
"The Soliloquy Of A Rationalistic Chicken. On The Picture Of A Newly Hatched Chicken Contemplating T" by Samuel John Stone
Nen I won't let him play no more
In our hay-mow where I keep store
An' got hen-eggs to sell,--an' shoo
The cackle-un old hen out, too!
"The Old Hay-Mow" by James Whitcomb Riley
A flapping cock that crows; and then--
Heard drowsy through the rustling corn--
A flutter, and the cackling of a hen
Within a hay-sweet barn.
"The Willow Bottom" by Madison Julius Cawein
Mark how Havana's sensuous-philtred Mead
Dispels the cackling Hag of Night at Need,
And, foggy-aureoled, the Smoke reveals
The Poppy Flowers that blossom from the Weed.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Then I was struck with the discordant sound of human voices there,
Which seemed to me like wild geese cackling in the air:
And the river Thames is a most beautiful sight,
To see the steamers sailing upon it by day and by night.
"Descriptive Jottings of London" by William Topaz McGonagall
Let the Jingo in his blindness cant and cackle as he will;
But across the path from Asia run the Russian trenches still!
And the sahib in his rickshaw may loll back and smoke at ease,
While the haggard, ragged heroes man the battered batteries.
"The Vanguard [1]" by Henry Lawson

In news:

After weeks of being mocked, doubted and uncharacteristically conservative with their own preseason boasts , the Jets earned the right -- for a week, anyway -- to cackle "I told you so" as loud and long as they wanted to Sunday.
For a while early last year, the gossipy hotel industry cackled with the tale.
Phyllis Diller, the comic with the crazy cackle , inspired generation of funnywomen.
A cackling ride on the stork.
Phyllis Diller, the groundbreaking comedienne whose signature cackle and confidence in the men's club of comedy made her a unique figure in entertainment circles, died Monday at age 95.
And the prospect of a talk show starring Roseanne seemed as unnatural as poison ivy with sound effects, notably a loud cackle.
We have hundreds of the Canada Geese, fewer of the Cackling Goose and then even fewer of the wonderful Greater White- fronted Geese.
If you want to know how high egg prices are, ask Nancy Smith, co-owner of the Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, Mo.
It's now about the cackle.
Soon thereafter, a witch named Esmerelda joined us with a cackle.
We have hundreds of the Canada Geese, fewer of the Cackling Goose and then even fewer of the wonderful Greater White-fronted Geese.
I can even hear a chicken cackle proudly.
When the news broke last week that he's trying to unload his Southwest Memphis home through a short sale, his critics cackled with glee.
The fire went running down the steps, a naked lunatic, calling the names of the neighbors, cackling in the hall.
Phyllis Diller, the cackling comedian with electric-shock hair who built an influential career in film and nightclubs, died Aug 20 at her home in Brentwood, Calif. Phyllis Diller dies at 95.