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heckler (ˈheklə) 

Definitions

noun

  1. a person who calls out comments during a speech   ⇒ `They don't! They don't!' yelled a heckler.   ⇒ As he began his speech, a heckler called out asking for his opinion on gun control.

heckle (ˈhɛkəl Pronunciation for heckle

Definitions

verb

  1. to interrupt (a public speaker, performer, etc) by comments, questions, or taunts
  2. Also: hackle, hatchel (transitive) to comb (hemp or flax)

noun

  1. an instrument for combing flax or hemp

Derived Forms

ˈheckler noun

Word Origin

C15: Northern and East Anglian form of hackle

Example Sentences Including 'heckler'

" GBH, GBH, GBH," chanted a heckler , referring to the crime of grievous bodily harm.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
"Just look at the pictures," shouted a male heckler from the government benches.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
A typical constituency politician, he was also a witty debater in the last Dáil and had some expertise as a heckler.
Irish Times (2002)
Never give a heckler a rhetorical question to answer and never pose as a rich man whose life is threatened by a statement of principle.
Brian Thompson DEVASTATING EDEN: The Search for Utopia in America (2004)
Singh answered the taunt by sinking a short birdie putt, then motioning with his putter in the direction of the heckler.
Toronto Sun (2003)

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