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  1. Chiefly Scot. a large hook, especially one fixed to the inside walls of a house to hold clothing, pots, or food.
  2. Golf Older Use. a club with an iron head, a narrow face, and little slope, used for shots from a poor lie on the fairway and sometimes for putting.
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verb (used with object), claught or cleeked or claucht, cleeked, cleek·ing.
  1. Chiefly Scot. to grasp or seize (something) suddenly and eagerly; snatch.
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Origin of cleek

1350–1400; Middle English (Scots) cleke hook, derivative of cleke to take hold of, variant of cleche, akin to clutch1
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Historical Examples

  • And we have no other answer to the last question ever asked by Cleek Smith.

    With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia

    One of its Officer

  • Cleek switched round upon his heel, and smiled across at him.

  • His voice trailed off into silence, and Cleek smiled kindly.

  • Sometimes I try it with a brassey, but on the whole I think the cleek is best.

    Tom and Some Other Girls

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • Cleek took his chin between his thumb and forefinger and pinched it hard.

British Dictionary definitions for cleek



  1. mainly Scot a large hook, such as one used to land fish
  2. golf a former name for a club, corresponding to the modern No. 1 or No. 2 iron, used for long low shots
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Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin
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