- To make the loud, harsh, characteristic cry of a hen or other bird, especially a hen after laying an egg.
- To laugh in a harsh or cackling manner.
From middle english cacklen, from old english caccelian, of imitative origin.
- The farmer heard the cackle of the hens in the coop.
- She cackled with delight when she heard the good news.
- The old witch cackled as she brewed the villagers.
- The cackle of the hyenas filled the night air.
- He cackled with amusement at the joke.