Meaning of heckle in English
EtymologyMiddle English (in heckle (sense 2 of the verb)): from heckle ‘flax comb’, a northern and eastern form of hackle. The sense ‘interrupt (a public speaker) with aggressive comments’ arose in the mid 17th century; for the development in sense, compare with tease
Definitions1. comb with a heckle
- « heckle hemp or flax »
- 2. challenge aggressively
Definitions1. a comb for separating flax fibers
- « I don't really get shaken very much. People could heckle me, a spotlight could go out, I could forget a lyric... I'm not operating on somebody's brain, you know what I mean? So I just think it's all funny. » Harry Connick, Jr.