One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of quackle, quacking; an instance of this; (also humorous) a duck or duckling.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Eliza Haywood (?1693–1756), author and actress. Apparently from quack + -le + -ing<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Bullein (c1515–1576), physician. Apparently a variant of quacking (although this is apparently first attested slightly later).
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