IPA: hˈækʌɫ


  • An instrument with steel pins used to comb out flax or hemp.
  • (usually now in the plural) One of the long, narrow feathers on the neck of birds, most noticeable on the rooster.
  • (fishing) A feather used to make a fishing lure or a fishing lure incorporating a feather.
  • (usually now in the plural) By extension (because the hackles of a rooster are lifted when it is angry), the hair on the nape of the neck in dogs and other animals; also used figuratively for humans.
  • A type of jagged crack extending inwards from the broken surface of a fractured material.
  • A plate with rows of pointed needles used to blend or straighten hair.
  • A feather plume on some soldier's uniforms, especially the hat or helmet.
  • Any flimsy substance unspun, such as raw silk.


  • To dress (flax or hemp) with a hackle; to prepare fibres of flax or hemp for spinning.
  • (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.
  • (archaic, transitive) To tear asunder; to break into pieces.

Examples of "hackle" in Sentences

  • It raises hackles of some folks.
  • He looked for a place to tie it—armor? hackle? horn?
  • The throat hackles are shorter than in most other ravens.
  • Consistent factitious editing raises hackles, that is all.
  • The hackle is a feather plume that is attached to the headdress.
  • There too is the hackle which is the old device of the De Brays.
  • I'm just saying to be cautious and to expect it to raise hackles.
  • I just revisited this page and noticed all the hackles it raised.
  • He may be an innocent user, but, at the moment, my hackles are up.
  • Again, I'm not the first to have my hackles raised by this section.
  • It is the largest and glossiest subspecies, with the longest throat hackles.
  • The hen hackle is not tied on but attached to the collar by a shrink process.
  • Making a generalized statement, the soft hackle is the most effective fly I have ever used in rivers for trout.
  • After scutching, the settler would pull the flax through a board of sharp iron nails called a hackle or hatchel (see accompanying photograph) in order to untangle and smooth the threads.
  • After the bark had become loosened, it was taken to a "break" which broke up the stems so that the bark, or fiber could be easily separated from the broken stems by drawing it repeatedly through the "hackle" -- a board with a great number of sharp spikes driven through it.

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