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tr.v. heck·led, heck·ling, heck·les
1. To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
2. To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
[Middle English hekelen, to comb with a hatchel, from hekel, hatchel, from Middle Dutch; see keg- in Indo-European roots.]
1. to interrupt (a public speaker, performer, etc) by comments, questions, or taunts
2. (Mechanical Engineering) (tr) Also: hackle or hatchel to comb (hemp or flax)
(Mechanical Engineering) an instrument for combing flax or hemp
[C15: Northern and East Anglian form of hackle]
v.t. -led, -ling.
to harass (a public speaker, performer, etc.) with impertinent questions, gibes, or the like.
[1275–1325; Middle English hekelen, variant of hechelen to comb flax; akin to hackle1]
heckle- First a "flax comb" for splitting and straightening the fibers for spinning; its metaphorical sense developed from its verb form, "to mangle by cutting, to cut roughly."
See also related terms for spinning.
Past participle: heckled
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|Noun||1.||heckle - a comb for separating flax fibers|
comb - any of several tools for straightening fibers
|Verb||1.||heckle - comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax"|
comb - straighten with a comb; "comb your hair"
|2.||heckle - challenge aggressively|