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cluck

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[ kluhk ]
/ klʌk /
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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.
noun
the sound uttered by a hen when brooding, or in calling her chicks.
any clucking sound.
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Origin of cluck

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

Other definitions for cluck (2 of 2)

cluck2
[ kluhk ]
/ klʌk /

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

Origin of cluck

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1900–05, Americanism; special use of cluck1
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British Dictionary definitions for cluck

cluck
/ (klʌk) /

noun
the low clicking sound made by a hen or any similar sound
verb
(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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