Definition of gaggle in US English:

gaggle

noun

  • 1A flock of geese.

    • ‘Readers may have heard about a pack of wolves or a litter of puppies, but do they know which animals make up a gaggle or a murder?’
    • ‘I would much rather be involved in a series with a benevolent dictator instead of a gaggle of geese.’
    • ‘The empty set is the set of the goslings the two gaggles share.’
    • ‘The interactions of geese from different gaggles is identical to that of lesbians who try to interact from different group lots of honking and goose drama is likely to ensue.’
    • ‘I plunked down my cash, all the while admiring the plant with its white flowers so much like the heads of a gaggle of nodding geese.’
    • ‘In the lower left portion of the canvas, a gaggle of geese moves about in Brownian motion.’
    • ‘It is also a popular watering hole to gaggles of geese which fly in from time to time.’
    • ‘Along with gaggles of Canada Geese, we saw our first groups of Brant.’
    • ‘These failures become apparent through the absence of first-year birds in the winter gaggles.’
    group, crowd, gang, company, body, band, host, bevy, party, pack, army, herd, flock, drove, horde, mob
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  • 2informal A disorderly or noisy group of people.

    ‘the gaggle of reporters and photographers that dogged his every step’
    • ‘When he does manage to express himself, his gaggle of interfering sisters humiliate him for the effort.’
    • ‘She obeyed, using orange and bright neon pink crayons, drawing gaggles of flowers, hands, and distorted faces that closely resemble Easter Island Statues.’
    • ‘Today, it involves federal courts, a gaggle of sturdy lawyers or both.’
    • ‘The gaggle of girls gathered around them, their expressions concerned.’
    • ‘Beyond the door a few inquisitive souls stood in a loose gaggle watching the fortunate emerge.’
    • ‘It's lunchtime in Dublin and the city is heaving with people; gaggles of students, young office workers, couples, women with babies in buggies.’
    • ‘Other characters include a gang of lads and a gaggle of girls on a night out, a tacky DJ, a hotdog salesman and a cabbie.’
    • ‘Mostly blokes, but gaggles of girls get the treatment as well.’
    • ‘Even the kitchen staff had come in from their duties, and were standing in a gaggle near the back of the room.’
    • ‘Ten minutes from the ground and you could already feel the unmistakable hum of a huge gaggle of excited people gathered together.’
    • ‘Housed in a gleaming, 1967 Airstream trailer, which was parked in front of Greenwich House Pottery, it drew gaggles of viewers and buyers right off the sidewalk.’
    • ‘It facilitates the exchange of songs expressing social concerns, sharing of ideas and presents a record of events happening with the many gaggles of Grannies.’
    • ‘There's an edgy, youthful feel to the sprawling stone downtown, where gaggles of short-haired, punky students walk narrow, walled streets.’
    • ‘The gaggle thinned out as most of the flex wings also fell down.’
    • ‘There is a crowded, Hooray Henry exuberance to the room, with pink-cheeked gents swilling dry Martinis and families with gaggles of well-dressed, extraordinarily blonde children.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the place was mostly packed, with elderly first-date couples and gaggles of neighborhood bon vivants out for a night on the town.’
    • ‘All you need to do is find a gaggle of geeks at a party or in a college bar.’
    • ‘Yes, she'll miss the glamour, the gaggle of schoolgirls crowding round for autographs.’
    • ‘And gaggles of beaded tourists who come to town are always looking for something a little more elaborate than a souvenir to take home with them when visiting the magical Cajun town.’
    • ‘The triumphant band walks back stage through gaggles of groupies to their dressing room.’
    group, gang, mob, pack, troop, troupe, company, party, bevy, crew, body, working party, posse
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Origin

Middle English (as a verb): imitative of the noise that a goose makes; compare with Dutch gaggelen and German gackern.

Pronunciation

gaggle

/ˈɡaɡəl//ˈɡæɡəl/