to utter a shrill, broken sound or cry, as of a hen.
to laugh in a shrill, broken manner.
to chatter noisily; prattle.
to utter with cackles; express by cackling:
They cackled their disapproval.
the act or sound of cackling.
chatter; idle talk.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
Punch, or the London Charivari, November 25, 1893 Various
Mince Pie

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Vanished Halls and Cathedrals of France George Warton Edwards
The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3 Rollin H. Baker
Mr. Pim Passes By Alan Alexander Milne

(intransitive) (esp of a hen) to squawk with shrill notes
(intransitive) to laugh or chatter raucously
(transitive) to utter in a cackling manner
the noise or act of cackling
noisy chatter
(informal) cut the cackle, to stop chattering; be quiet


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