l) KEY VERB: cack·led
, cack·les VERB: intr.
- To make the shrill cry characteristic of a hen after laying an egg.
- To laugh or talk in a shrill manner.
- To utter in cackles: cackled a sarcastic reply.
- The act or sound of cackling.
- Shrill laughter.
- Foolish chatter.
Middle English cakelen
, probably from Middle Low German kkeln
, of imitative originOTHER FORMS:cackler(Noun)