One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a bird) make a harsh call.
- ‘I love the sound of happy Jackdaws, chacking away.’
- ‘This unmistakeable member of the crow family was ever present on the Scrubs with at least 10 birds chacking away during the month, though 30 were counted on the 25th.’
- ‘Birds in the grounds included the usual gang of Greater Antillean Grackles, an exquisite Vervain Hummingbird singing from the very top of a dead tree and seemingly all the White-chinned Thrushes chacking away at some unseen predator, just like all thrushes do throughout the world.’
Early 16th century: imitative.
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