Meaning of hen-cackle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɛnˌkakl/


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

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

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


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