Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flock of geese. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. A cluster or group: "A gaggle of photographers huddled on the sidewalk beside a swelling crowd of onlookers” ( Gioia Diliberto).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of geese when they are on the ground or on the water.
  • n. Any group or gathering of related things; bunch.
  • v. To cackle (like geese).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make a noise like a goose; to cackle.
  • n. A flock of wild geese, especially when on the ground.
  • n. A gathering of people, especially a noisy one.
  • n. Any clustered group of related objects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a noise like a goose; cackle.
  • n. In fowling, a flight or flock of geese; hence, a chattering company.
  • n. Synonyms Covey, etc. See flock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a noise characteristic of a goose
  • n. a flock of geese

Etymologies

Middle English gagel, from gagelen, to cackle, probably of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gagelen ("to cackle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That happened just a few moments ago in what we call the gaggle this morning with White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2007

  • It was about 11: 05 this morning, while while we were asking questions of Mr. Fleischer -- as we always do in the morning -- what we call the gaggle -- Gordon Johndroe, who is an assistant who works for Mr. Fleischer, came in and handed him a Post-it note it, and on that note it said, We must evacuate this section of the West Wing.

    CNN Transcript Jul 12, 2001

  • If this gaggle is key to anything, it's doomed from the start!

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  • The press corps is often referred to as a gaggle, as in a “gaggle of geese,” but that hardly conveys the strange divide between the press and the “principal.”

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  • He spent several days haunting the meadow where his friend found the dead honker, hoping it was part of a flock or a gaggle or whatever the English word for a group of honkers was.

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  • Suzanne Malveaux, you are in what the reporters call the gaggle, which is an off-camera briefing between the White House public relations arm and reporters every morning.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2005

  • The gods must be crazy, but a gaggle from the Greek pantheon are also having a disco-fueled, quip-filled blast in "Xanadu," the camp-tastic Broadway musical that just whisked into the Paramount Theatre on roller skates for a short touring run.

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  • In March 1990 she called a gaggle of historians to Chequers to discuss the German character, or rather the likely ambitions and governing style of a united nation.

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  • Better than talking about what a FREAK SHOW the gaggle is gonna be? we’ll see.

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  • The trouble for Kenowa is that it's not his battle-tested and legendary band of brothers, but the Bad News Bears version, a rag-tag gaggle of misfits from every corner of Her Majesty's Empire ... and Kenowa is second-in-command behind a prince with little skill or charisma.

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  • Gaggle is also an Orcadian dialect word used when 1) you make a mess or 2) you work clumsily or carelessly.

    July 1, 2009