heckle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v heckle challenge aggressively
    • v heckle comb with a heckle "heckle hemp or flax"
    • n heckle a comb for separating flax fibers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v. t Heckle Same as Hackle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heckle An instrument for cleaning, sorting, and straightening raw flax and hemp: same as hatchel.
    • heckle To comb, as flax or hemp; hatchel.
    • heckle To question, especially in a severe or antagonistic manner, as a parliamentary candidate in Great Britain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Heckle hek′l to comb: to put a parliamentary candidate, or the like, through a series of embarrassing questions
    • n Heckle the same as Hack′le, Hatch′el
    • ns Heckle the long shining feathers on a cock's neck, a feather ornament in the full-dress bonnets of Highland regiments
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Usage

In literature:

One of them tried to heckle me.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
But forgive me for heckling.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
But if you join in the heckling I shall dribble away and dissolve in salt water.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
From that rooftop, David of Trebizond had watched the heckling, the throwing of garbage and dung, the sudden killings.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
If he had once mounted the hustings we would have heckled him about the Land Commission business.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Palla opened the proceedings in a voice which was clear, and always became steadier under heckling.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Suppose we heckle this loud-mouthed preacher for a minute.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
He supposed that he was being heckled.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
That's about all, sir, unless you can put me on to anything good in the way of heckle and spur?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Quantities of this material are used along with heckled tow in the production of tow yarns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
But even before Erich had danced on the bomb, he'd been heckling Bruce from the crowd.
"The Big Time" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
But heckling, as it is called, is a science little understood.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
I shall be afraid to speak at all if I am going to be heckled!
"Helena Brett's Career" by Desmond Coke
Now it seemed that the old miller, because of friendship for the Stacys was to be heckled, and Bear Cat's wrath boiled.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
Three times the cannonade slackened and the heckled Pargny was left out of the zone of fire.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
But then Dalrymple had not been there to heckle and insult his superior; he was gone nobody knew where.
"My Lord Duke" by E. W. Hornung
But the heckle missed it, just as her husband's cloving-rod had done, for it played "jook-about" again, and flew out of the house.
"The Scottish Fairy Book" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
She, who brooked day-long heckling without retort, must now be answered without evasion.
"The Code of the Mountains" by Charles Neville Buck
But make this weakness not your heckling ground Where you would spar for favors.
"The Mortal Gods and Other Plays" by Olive Tilford Dargan
There was no "heckling," no inquisition, nothing but kindness.
"Glimpses into the Abyss" by Mary Higgs
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In poetry:

``But I flick them back ere they gape and pant,
After gazing at gill and speckle.
For why should I keep what I do not want,
Who can fish without hook or heckle?
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Booing and heckling is every sports fan's God-given right.
There were so few fans at Dolphin Stadium for Wednesday's game, a season ticket holder got thrown out for heckling the umpire too loudly.
Joe Wilson may have apologized for heckling the president during his speech to Congress Wednesday, but plenty of people apparently wish he hadn't, most notably, Rush Limbaugh.
You didn't seriously buy into all this horse hockey about the Daily Caller 's Neil Munro having violated some sacred rule about interrupting or, as the press would call it, "heckling" the President.
HECKLING HITLER Caricatures of the Third Reich.
Bloomberg Heckled at Shirtwaist Commemoration.
Heckling a comedian isn't always the best idea, since they 1) have a microphone and 2) are usually quick witted and have better jokes than you.
Performance artist Vermin Supreme heckles Rep Ron Paul after Mr Paul made more.
Russia Trying to 'Heckle Us' by Stalling on START Treaty.
Bing and members of his administration were booed and heckled offstage after about 20 minutes.
Bart Scott rips Jets fans for heckling players on Thanksgiving night.
If you ever venture to a comedy club and rudely decide to ruin the comic's night by heckling, make sure you're not carrying any.
The unnamed fan tells TMZ.com he was heckled by Lachey at the San Diego Chargers' game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lachey's hometown team.
Here is our most recent example of golf heckling creativity, when a fan yells "MASHED POTATOES" to Graeme McDowell and McDowell returns the heckling favor with a brief jerking motion (0:17).
A defamation lawsuit filed by a man who made headlines for heckling Bristol Palin in a California bar has been tossed out, her attorney John Tiemessen told ABC News.
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