hackle vs heckle what difference

what is difference between hackle and heckle

English

Etymology

From Middle English hakle (compare the compound meshakele), from Old English hæcla, hacele, from Proto-Germanic *hakulǭ, equivalent to hack +‎ -le. Cognate with Dutch hekel, German Hechel.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhækəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhækəl/
  • Rhymes: -ækəl

Noun

hackle (plural hackles)

  1. An instrument with steel pins used to comb out flax or hemp. [from 15th c.]
    Synonyms: heckle, hatchel
  2. (usually now in the plural) One of the long, narrow feathers on the neck of birds, most noticeable on the rooster. [from 15th c.]
  3. (fishing) A feather used to make a fishing lure or a fishing lure incorporating a feather. [from 17th c.]
  4. (usually now in the plural) By extension (because the hackles of a rooster are lifted when it is angry), the hair on the nape of the neck in dogs and other animals; also used figuratively for humans. [from 19th c.]
  5. A type of jagged crack extending inwards from the broken surface of a fractured material.
  6. A plate with rows of pointed needles used to blend or straighten hair. [from 20th c.]
  7. A feather plume on some soldier’s uniforms, especially the hat or helmet.
    Synonyms: panache, plume
  8. Any flimsy substance unspun, such as raw silk.

Usage notes

In everyday speech, primarily used in phrase to raise someone’s hackles (to make one angry), as in “It raises my hackles when you take that condescending tone”.

Translations

Verb

hackle (third-person singular simple present hackles, present participle hackling, simple past and past participle hackled)

  1. To dress (flax or hemp) with a hackle; to prepare fibres of flax or hemp for spinning. [from 17th c.]
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the “Stranger People’s” Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 155:
      Then, with a smile that seemed to have all the freshness of the matutinal hour in it, she bent again to her work of hackling flax.
  2. (transitive) To separate, as the coarse part of flax or hemp from the fine, by drawing it through the teeth of a hackle or hatchel.
  3. (archaic, transitive) To tear asunder; to break into pieces.
    • 1790, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
      the other divisions of the kingdom being hackled and torn to pieces

Translations

Further reading

  • hackle on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • hackle (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • Hackel, Kachel


English

Etymology

Transferred usage of Middle English hekelen (to comb flax or hemp with a heckle), from hekele (a comb for flax or hemp), from Middle Dutch hekelen (to prickle, irritate), from Proto-Germanic *hakilōną, related to *hakô (hook). Related to hackle.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛkəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkəl

Verb

heckle (third-person singular simple present heckles, present participle heckling, simple past and past participle heckled)

  1. (transitive) To question harshly in an attempt to find or reveal weaknesses. [from later 18th c.]
  2. (transitive) To insult, tease, make fun of or badger.
    Promise that you won’t heckle me after my performance.
  3. (textiles) To prepare flax for spinning using special combs called hackles

Synonyms

(prepare flax for spinning): hackle

Related terms

  • heckler
  • heckling

Translations

Noun

heckle (plural heckles)

  1. Alternative form of hackle (tool for separating flax)
  2. The long shining feathers on a cock’s neck.
  3. A feather ornament in the full-dress bonnets of Highland regiments.

Anagrams

  • Heckel

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