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.

Nearby words

  1. clubland,
  2. clubman,
  3. clubroom,
  4. clubroot,
  5. clubwoman,
  6. clucky,
  7. clue,
  8. clue in,
  9. clued-up,
  10. clueless

Origin of cluck

1475–85; variant of clock1 (now dial. and Scot), Middle English clokken, Old English cloccian to cluck; cognate with Dutch klokken



noun Slang.

a dull-witted, stupid person; blockhead; dolt.

Origin of cluck

1900–05, Americanism; special use of cluck1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cluck

British Dictionary definitions for cluck



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 for cluck

C17: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for cluck
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