Associations to the word «Hackle»


HACKLE, noun. An instrument with steel pins used to comb out flax or hemp. [from 15th c.]
HACKLE, noun. (usually now in the plural) One of the long, narrow feathers on the neck of birds, most noticeable on the cock. [from 15th c.]
HACKLE, noun. (fishing) A feather used to make a fishing lure or a fishing lure incorporating a feather. [from 17th c.]
HACKLE, noun. (usually now in the plural) By extension (because the hackles of a cock 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.]
HACKLE, noun. A plate with rows of pointed needles used to blend or straighten hair. [from 20th c.]
HACKLE, noun. A feather plume on some soldier's uniforms, especially the hat or helmet.
HACKLE, noun. Any flimsy substance unspun, such as raw silk.
HACKLE, verb. To dress (flax or hemp) with a hackle; to prepare fibres of flax or hemp for spinning. [from 17th c.]
HACKLE, verb. (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.
HACKLE, verb. (archaic) (transitive) To tear asunder; to break into pieces.

Dictionary definition

HACKLE, noun. Long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants.
HACKLE, verb. Comb with a heckle; "heckle hemp or flax".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats