Definition of jackalling in English:


(also jackaling)

Pronunciation /ˈdʒak(ə)lɪŋ/ /ˈdʒakɔːlɪŋ/


  • 1The action of acting like a jackal, especially by behaving in an aggressive or predatory way; specifically the action of carrying out menial, dull, or preparatory work for another.

  • 2Rugby
    The action of attempting to win possession from the opposition by stretching over a tackled player and trying to wrestle the ball back towards one's own side; the winning of turnovers in this way.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country. From jackal + -ing.