from The Century Dictionary.

  • To suffocate; strangle; choke.
  • To quack; croak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb Prov. Eng. To suffocate; to choke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, obsolete To choke.
  • verb intransitive, archaic To make a quacking sound.


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  • Mrs. Salsify sat rather uneasily while her husband vaunted his superior knowledge of human nature, but the gentle Goslina began to quackle from the bed, and she soon forgot all else in care for the dear little creature.

    Eventide A Series of Tales and Poems

  • O, no! it had the softest little feminine quackle, for all the world like a downy young gosling; and Mrs. Salsify said she would have it called

    Eventide A Series of Tales and Poems

  • Simple ducks, in those royal waters, quackle for crumbs from young royal fingers: the little Dauphin has a little railed garden, where he is seen delving, with ruddy cheeks and flaxen curled hair; also

    The French Revolution

  • “To neither Quack nor quackle, on my account, my dear lady.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • "To neither Quack nor quackle, on my account, my dear lady.

    St. Ronan's Well


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  • What is this? A small quack, perhaps? *Ducks*

    January 28, 2008

  • To have one's breathing interrupted, e.g. by choking.

    January 29, 2008