- 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
- a dull-witted, stupid person; blockhead; dolt.
Origin of cluck2
Examples from the Web for cluck
Contemporary Examples of cluck
Secondly, readers should not cluck their satisfaction so blithely over economic sanctions.Les Gelb Puts Russia in Its Place—and Critics in Theirs
Leslie H. Gelb
April 2, 2014
It used to be cute, and adults would shake their heads and cluck their tongues.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Historical Examples of cluck
Whenever they get hungry, the mamma hen will come to the door of the house and cluck.
While feeding it utters a low-sounding cluck, cluck, at short intervals.The Western World
I know all the birds say when they twitter and chirp, caw and coo, gobble and cluck.Europa's Fairy Book
She can cluck, cluck them close up to her, and often she catches them.Hoodie
Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
There they sit for a short time, when their leader gives a loud “cluck.”With Axe and Rifle
- 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
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.