Meaning of hen-cackle in English:

hen-cackle

Pronunciation /ˈhɛnˌkakl/

noun

Australian, New Zealand, US
  • 1rare The cackling of a hen; a sound reminiscent of this.

  • 2slang Idle gossip or chatter, especially characterized as typical of women.

  • 3Mountaineering
    slang A mountain that is very easy to climb. Now chiefly historical.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in New Haven (Connecticut) Daily Palladium. From hen + cackle.