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Definition of "heckle" [hec•kle]

  • To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger. (verb-transitive)
  • To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "heckle" in a sentence
  • "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."