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British Dictionary definitions for cleck


verb (tr) Scot
  1. (of birds) to hatch
  2. to lay or hatch (a plot or scheme)
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Word Origin

C15: from Old Norse klekja


  1. (intr often foll by on) to gossip (about); tell (on)
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  1. (often plural) a piece of gossip
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Derived Formsclecky, adjective

Word Origin

from Welsh, from clecan to gossip, and clec gossip
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Historical Examples

  • The prelate is both the egg and the nest to cleck and bring forth Popery.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford

    Samuel Rutherford