Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who heckles or uses a heckle.
- n. One who severely questions and cross-questions another; specifically, one who severely questions a candidate for the purpose of finding some weak point in his political creed or professions, or of bringing out his actual opinions or position.
- n. someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objections
- The word "heckler" is derived from the name given to Scottish textile workers who combed flax for processing. As they began to unionize in the early 19th century, the militant hecklers would intterupt the morning news reading by their co-workers. The word became associated with individuals who would shout out questions or insults to reveal truths that the person giving information would otherwise try to conceal or avoid. (Wiktionary)
“By the way, the term heckler actually derives from the textile industry, but these guys are once again apparently out to redefine the term.”
“Further if a heckler is “right”, I can agree with his point BECAUSE it is right, not just due to his heckling.”
“April 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm i repeat: the word heckler in hecklerspray means:”
“The way Joe Clark walks or what Pierre Trudeau shouts at a heckler is far more crucial to the election or re-election of a local candidate than the campaign the candidate wages or the work he may have done, as a Member of Parliament, over the preceding three or four years.”
“I’m not sure the heckler is going to get Joe Wilson “You Lie” fame, but as far as throwing “The One” off his game, this was pretty good.”
“Urso: I’m saying “we shouldn’t allow a heckler’s veto” and you’re saying “but the heckler is right!””
“I’m saying “we shouldn’t allow a heckler’s veto” and you’re saying “but the heckler is right!””
“The irony of the situation is that the first president to be heckled at a joint session of congress was Black, and the heckler is a proud member of the "Sons of the Confederacy".”
“On the other hand, ownership should not have the right to censor and abuse its customers (who pay through the nose to begin with) I don't know what the heckler was actually saying to Paul.”
“A heckler is a person who shouts an uninvited comment, usually disparaging, at a performance or event, or interrupting set-piece speeches, for example at a political meeting.”
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