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  • n. Agent noun of heckle; one who heckles; somebody who insults, makes fun of, or teases.

from The 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.

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

  • n. someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and questions and objections

Etymologies

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)

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