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heck·le

 (hĕk′əl)
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.]

heck′ler n.

heckle

(ˈhɛkəl)
vb
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)
n
(Mechanical Engineering) an instrument for combing flax or hemp
[C15: Northern and East Anglian form of hackle]
ˈheckler n

heck•le

(ˈhɛk əl)

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]
heck′ler, n.

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.

heckle


Past participle: heckled
Gerund: heckling

Imperative
heckle
heckle
Present
I heckle
you heckle
he/she/it heckles
we heckle
you heckle
they heckle
Preterite
I heckled
you heckled
he/she/it heckled
we heckled
you heckled
they heckled
Present Continuous
I am heckling
you are heckling
he/she/it is heckling
we are heckling
you are heckling
they are heckling
Present Perfect
I have heckled
you have heckled
he/she/it has heckled
we have heckled
you have heckled
they have heckled
Past Continuous
I was heckling
you were heckling
he/she/it was heckling
we were heckling
you were heckling
they were heckling
Past Perfect
I had heckled
you had heckled
he/she/it had heckled
we had heckled
you had heckled
they had heckled
Future
I will heckle
you will heckle
he/she/it will heckle
we will heckle
you will heckle
they will heckle
Future Perfect
I will have heckled
you will have heckled
he/she/it will have heckled
we will have heckled
you will have heckled
they will have heckled
Future Continuous
I will be heckling
you will be heckling
he/she/it will be heckling
we will be heckling
you will be heckling
they will be heckling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been heckling
you have been heckling
he/she/it has been heckling
we have been heckling
you have been heckling
they have been heckling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been heckling
you will have been heckling
he/she/it will have been heckling
we will have been heckling
you will have been heckling
they will have been heckling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been heckling
you had been heckling
he/she/it had been heckling
we had been heckling
you had been heckling
they had been heckling
Conditional
I would heckle
you would heckle
he/she/it would heckle
we would heckle
you would heckle
they would heckle
Past Conditional
I would have heckled
you would have heckled
he/she/it would have heckled
we would have heckled
you would have heckled
they would have heckled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heckle - a comb for separating flax fibers
comb - any of several tools for straightening fibers
Verb1.heckle - comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax"
comb - straighten with a comb; "comb your hair"
2.heckle - challenge aggressively
cut off, disrupt, interrupt, break up - make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"

heckle

verb jeer, interrupt, shout down, disrupt, bait, barrack (informal), boo, taunt, pester He was insulted and heckled mercilessly.

heckle

verb
To torment with persistent insult or ridicule:
Informal: needle, ride.
Idiom: wave the red flag in front of the bull.
Translations

heckle

[ˈhekl]

heckle

[ˈhɛkəl]
vtchahuter
vichahuter

heckle

vt speaker(durch Zwischenrufe) stören

heckle

[ˈhɛkl] vt & vi to heckle (sb)interrompere continuamente (qn) (un oratore)
References in classic literature ?
Nevertheless, hectored and heckled though he was, he managed in the end to give a simple, straightforward version of the affair, and, despite a belligerent cross-examination, his story was not shaken in any particular.
When people start attacking your body size then you're winning the argument because they're not going for the policy" - Scottish Labour MP Hugh Gaffney who says he has been heckled "something awful" by Tories in the Commons about his weight.
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My neighbours came to my rescue and they were forced to leave," said Rajashree, who believes she is being heckled for being a supporter of the Students Federation of India (SFI), a Leftist student body.
While the protests appeared to have died down in recent weeks, they were very much alive in Sligo as a group jeered and heckled Enda Kenny during an unveiling ceremony.
THE only time I've been heckled in the pulpit was on Christmas Eve at Midnight Mass.
It is good that the government has quickly overturned the unfortunate decision of the Bureau of Immigration to ban nine Hong Kong journalists who had heckled President Aquino during a CEO Summit on the side of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali, Indonesia, last year.
BOTH Alex Salmond and David Cameron were heckled by some members of the crowd yesterday.
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