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[kluhk] /klʌk/
verb (used without object)
to utter the cry of a hen brooding or calling her chicks.
to make a similar sound; express concern, approval, etc., by such a sound.
verb (used with object)
to call or utter by clucking.
the sound uttered by a hen when brooding, or in calling her chicks.
any clucking sound.
Origin of cluck1
1475-85; variant of clock1 (now dial. and Scot), Middle English clokken, Old English cloccian to cluck; cognate with Dutch klokken Unabridged
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  • Aunt Luceba shook her head ponderously, and clucked at the horse.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • She clucked at the sight of the pool of water he was creating in her foyer.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • Then Harry clucked his tongue against his palate to coax him to go.

    The Big Nightcap Letters Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • I said I wasn't sure, and she clucked her tongue in sympathy.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
  • She boxed his ears, while he guffawed and clucked at his team.

  • Then they seated themselves on top of the load and Joe clucked to the horses.

  • After a moment or two Thal clucked to his horse and started off again.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • He clucked his tongue against his teeth as he looked the steamer over.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • He clucked to the baby and began to trot him up and down on his knee.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
British Dictionary definitions for clucked


the low clicking sound made by a hen or any similar sound
(intransitive) (of a hen) to make a clicking sound
(transitive) to call or express (a feeling) by making a similar sound
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clucked



Old English cloccian originally echoic. Cf. Turkish culuk, one of the words for "turkey;" Greek klozein, Latin glocire, German glucken. Related: Clucked; clucking.



1703, "sound made by a hen," from cluck (v.). Slang meaning "stupid person" (turkeys are famously foolish) is from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clucked



  1. A stupid person; idiot: The champion cluck of all time/ If I defend myself you two clucks are going to need a lot more backup (1920s+)
  2. A very dark black person (1950s+ Black)

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dumb cluck

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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