a hen that has just laid an egg and emits a shrill squawk
any of various insectivorous Old World birds with a loud incessant song; in some classifications considered members of the family Muscicapidae
- There are among us, however, another kind of people who, armed with a glib tongue, indulge in incessant self-glorification and, like the above-mentioned cackler, hold on to the coop without laying any egg.
- As it is customary for a hen to cackle after laying an egg, the chicken raiser accordingly credited the cackler with all the eggs that had been laid. As a result, he became so partial to his favourite bird that he fed her with every cockroach he caught.