- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for clucked
To his peers, he's an all-star eccentric who is pitied or clucked over protectively as often as he is envied.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
Aunt Luceba shook her head ponderously, and clucked at the horse.Tiverton Tales
She clucked at the sight of the pool of water he was creating in her foyer.Dream Town
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.Other Main-Travelled Roads
- the low clicking sound made by a hen or any similar sound
- (intr) (of a hen) to make a clicking sound
- (tr) to call or express (a feeling) by making a similar sound
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.