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hack·le 1

 (hăk′əl)
n.
1. Any of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a male fowl.
2. hackles The erectile hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially of a dog.
3. A feather, usually from the neck of a chicken, used in trimming a fishing fly.
tr.v. hack·led, hack·ling, hack·les
To trim (an artificial fishing fly) with a hackle.
Idiom:
get (one's) hackles up
To be extremely insulted or irritated.

[Middle English hakell, cloak, skin, plumage, possibly from Old English hacele, cloak, mantle.]

hack·le 2

 (hăk′əl)
v. hack·led, hack·ling, hack·les
v.tr.
To chop roughly; mangle by hacking.
v.intr.
To hack.

[Frequentative of hack.]

hackle

(ˈhækəl)
n
1. (Zoology) any of the long slender feathers on the necks of poultry and other birds
2. (Angling) angling
a. parts of an artificial fly made from hackle feathers, representing the legs and sometimes the wings of a real fly
b. short for hackle fly
3. (Military) a feathered ornament worn in the headdress of some British regiments
4. (Tools) a steel flax comb
vb (tr)
(Tools) to comb (flax) using a hackle
[C15: hakell, probably from Old English; variant of heckle; see hatchel]
ˈhackler n

hack•le1

(ˈhæk əl)

n., v. -led, -ling. n.
1. the neck plumage of a male bird, as the domestic rooster.
2. hackles,
a. the erectile hair on the back of an animal's neck.
b. anger, esp. when aroused in a challenging or challenged manner: with one's hackles up.
3. Angling.
a. the legs of an artificial fly made with feathers from the neck or saddle of a rooster or other such bird.
b. one of the feathers in such a fly.
4. a comb for dressing flax or hemp.
v.t.
5. to comb, as flax or hemp.
Idioms:
raise one's hackles, to arouse one's anger.
[1400–50; late Middle English hakell; see heckle]
hack′ler, n.

hack•le2

(ˈhæk əl)

v.t. -led, -ling.
to cut roughly; hack; mangle.
[1570–80; hack1 + -le; c. Middle Dutch hakkelen]

hack·le

(hăk′əl)
1. One of the long, slender, often glossy feathers on the neck of a bird, especially a rooster.
2. hackles The hairs along the back of the neck of an animal, especially a dog, that can stand out and bristle in displaying aggression or fear.

hackle


Past participle: hackled
Gerund: hackling

Imperative
hackle
hackle
Present
I hackle
you hackle
he/she/it hackles
we hackle
you hackle
they hackle
Preterite
I hackled
you hackled
he/she/it hackled
we hackled
you hackled
they hackled
Present Continuous
I am hackling
you are hackling
he/she/it is hackling
we are hackling
you are hackling
they are hackling
Present Perfect
I have hackled
you have hackled
he/she/it has hackled
we have hackled
you have hackled
they have hackled
Past Continuous
I was hackling
you were hackling
he/she/it was hackling
we were hackling
you were hackling
they were hackling
Past Perfect
I had hackled
you had hackled
he/she/it had hackled
we had hackled
you had hackled
they had hackled
Future
I will hackle
you will hackle
he/she/it will hackle
we will hackle
you will hackle
they will hackle
Future Perfect
I will have hackled
you will have hackled
he/she/it will have hackled
we will have hackled
you will have hackled
they will have hackled
Future Continuous
I will be hackling
you will be hackling
he/she/it will be hackling
we will be hackling
you will be hackling
they will be hackling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hackling
you have been hackling
he/she/it has been hackling
we have been hackling
you have been hackling
they have been hackling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hackling
you will have been hackling
he/she/it will have been hackling
we will have been hackling
you will have been hackling
they will have been hackling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hackling
you had been hackling
he/she/it had been hackling
we had been hackling
you had been hackling
they had been hackling
Conditional
I would hackle
you would hackle
he/she/it would hackle
we would hackle
you would hackle
they would hackle
Past Conditional
I would have hackled
you would have hackled
he/she/it would have hackled
we would have hackled
you would have hackled
they would have hackled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hackle - long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
saddle feather, saddle hackle - a long narrow feather on the back (saddle) of a domestic fowl
Verb1.hackle - comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax"
comb - straighten with a comb; "comb your hair"
Translations

hackle

n (Orn) → lange Nackenfeder; (= plumage also)Nackengefieder nt; (pl: of dog etc) → Fell ntim Nacken; the dog’s hackles rosedem Hund sträubte sich das Fell; his hackles rose at the very ideabei dem bloßen Gedanken sträubte sich alles in ihm; to get somebody’s hackles up, to raise somebody’s hacklesjdn reizen, jdn auf die Palme bringen (inf)
References in classic literature ?
off with you, old Hector, or I'll hackle your hide with my ramrod when I get ye.
There too is the hackle which is the old device of the De Brays.
The lightning spattered the sky as a thrown egg spattered a barn door, but the light was pale blue, not yellow; and looking through my slit bamboo blinds, I could see the great dog standing, not sleeping, in the veranda, the hackles alift on her back, and her feet planted as tensely as the drawn wire rope of a suspension bridge.
For five minutes he was so close to my rock that by stretching out my hand I could have touched the hideous waving hackles upon his back.
With John Naughton and Lee Hughes, Bob Compton and John Hunter, Chris Robinson and Peter Buglass and Ray Stobbs and Chris Reay all drawing their matches, the final score was 9-8 to the Red Hackle.
Alberta faced Red Hackle and were 3-2 behind after the triples and the pairs.
Red Hackle hosted Alum House and after the triples and the pairs were 5-0 ahead.
Due to time issues, a consignment of hackles for The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were made by the same manufacturer as The Black Watch hackle.
Boldon Lad were the visitors to the Red Hackle and were 3-2 behind ahead of the singles.
THE Government has done away with the Scottish regiments' independence, 300 years of history, their cap badges and the famous red hackle.
Mackle Hackle, who tries everything to help his hen cackle, including telling her chicken jokes.
Red Hackle were visitors to the Westoe Room and were 3-2 down after the triples and the pairs.