American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
- v. To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for cleaning, sorting, and straightening raw flax and hemp: same as hatchel.
- To comb, as flax or hemp; hatchel.
- To question, especially in a severe or antagonistic manner, as a parliamentary candidate in Great Britain.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Same as hackle.
- v. To interrogate, or ply with questions, esp. with severity or antagonism, as a candidate for the ministry.
- v. To shout questions or jibes at (a public speaker), so as to disconcert him or render his talk ineffective.
- v. comb with a heckle
- n. a comb for separating flax fibers
- v. challenge aggressively
- Transferred usage of hekelen (to comb flax or hemp with a heckle), from Middle English hekele (a comb for flax or hemp), from Middle Dutch hekelen (to prickle, irritate), from Proto-Germanic *hakilōnan (related to hackle) (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hekelen, to comb with a hatchel, from hekel, hatchel, from Middle Dutch; see keg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The heckle is the first chink in our civility towards our government institutions and our heritage that sets us apart from other nations.”
“Republicans, meanwhile, rallied around Wilson, with many saying a planned resolution disapproving of Wilson's heckle is a petty partisan distraction from more serious issues.”
“Then I got quite a minor heckle from the audience.”
“The best thing to come out of the Presidents Cup was the spirit under which it was played, with nary a heckle from the gallery or a charge across any green.”
“If you pay for my ticket I'm more than happy to heckle from the back row. (”
“A heckle is a challenge; whispered or invisible to you comments are gossip.”
“The odd thing about this kind of heckle is that it has become almost obligatory.”
“I did not "heckle" Attorney General Mukasey, and I did not disrupt the meeting, as those who watch the video of his speech on the Federalist Society's website will discover.”
“And if I protest a law that I consider unjust or "heckle" a speaker who promotes a view that I disagree with, I do not suddenly gain the right to attempt to deny a speaker the right to the opposing view.”
“He did not "heckle" as much as he enumerated specific types of fallacies on the part of Dr. Craig.”
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