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cack·le  audio  (kkl) KEY 

VERB:
cack·led, cack·ling, cack·les
VERB:
intr.
  1. To make the shrill cry characteristic of a hen after laying an egg.
  2. To laugh or talk in a shrill manner.
VERB:
tr.
To utter in cackles: cackled a sarcastic reply.
NOUN:
  1. The act or sound of cackling.
  2. Shrill laughter.
  3. Foolish chatter.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English cakelen, probably from Middle Low German kkeln, of imitative origin

OTHER FORMS:
cackler(Noun)


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