hatchel vs heckle what difference

what is difference between hatchel and heckle

English

Alternative forms

  • hackle
  • heckle

Etymology

From Middle English hechele, of West Germanic origin, related to the root of hook. Compare hackle.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ætʃəl

Noun

hatchel (plural hatchels)

  1. A comb used to separate flax fibers.
    • 1864, George Ripley and Charles Anderson Dana [eds.], The New American Cyclopædia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge VII: “Edward–Fueros” (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 443 & 445 Broadway; London: 16 Little Britain), ‘Flax’, page 554
      One end of the bundle being hatchelled, it is turned round, and the other is treated in the same way; and the process is repeated on finer hatchels.

Verb

hatchel (third-person singular simple present hatchels, present participle hatchelling or hatcheling, simple past and past participle hatchelled or hatcheled)

  1. (transitive) To separate (flax fibers) with a hatchel, or comb.


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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