Definition of heckler in US English:



  • A person who interrupts a performer or public speaker with derisive or aggressive comments or abuse.

    ‘he was adept at dealing with hecklers’
    • ‘Hecklers shouted down the journalist's anti-war speech.’
    • ‘We thought maybe he could use some tips on how to handle hecklers.’
    • ‘He attributed the meltdown to the actor's inexperience as a road comic and trouble handling hecklers.’
    • ‘Shouts became so pervasive that she informed the organizers she would no longer take questions if the hecklers were not silenced.’
    • ‘One heckler shouted: "We can't hear you", raising uncomfortable laughter during Sheila's supposedly tear-jerking death scene.’
    • ‘From the excellent way she handled the interruption, it was clear that she'd had to deal with the heckler before, but the crowd lost patience with him and booed him to silence.’
    • ‘His sharpness in dealing with hecklers was mesmerising.’
    • ‘I saw a speaker interrupted by a heckler who yelled out "Talk slower", and two seconds later another spectator shouted, "Listen faster".’
    • ‘He started by apologising for his late arrival but was interrupted by a heckler.’
    • ‘Bruce indulges in some incisive improvisation, especially when dealing with the inevitable heckler.’