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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GAGGLE, v.2 To laugh, giggle, cackle.Hdg. 1885 J. Lumsden Rhymes & Sk. 138:
All the lads and lasses gaggled and giggled like a perfect cleckin' of young ducks.
Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-Head 212:
The . . . real snobs, gaggling dandies, Cockney gawks . . . thought to . . . poke fun out of the rustic, awkward, and uncouth Mucklebackit.
Edb. 1911 Rymour Club Misc. 102:
A minister in the pulpit, He couldn't say his prayers; He giggled, and he gaggled, Till he fell down the stairs.

[Imit. in origin. An extended use of Eng. gaggle, to cackle (of geese).]

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