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cluck

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[kluhk]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to utter the cry of a hen brooding or calling her chicks.
  2. to make a similar sound; express concern, approval, etc., by such a sound.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to call or utter by clucking.
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noun
  1. the sound uttered by a hen when brooding, or in calling her chicks.
  2. any clucking sound.
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Origin of cluck

1
1475–85; variant of clock1 (now dial. and Scot), Middle English clokken, Old English cloccian to cluck; cognate with Dutch klokken

cluck

2
[kluhk]
noun Slang.
  1. a dull-witted, stupid person; blockhead; dolt.
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Origin of cluck

2
1900–05, Americanism; special use of cluck1
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Related Words for cluck

coo, cackle, chuck

Examples from the Web for cluck

Contemporary Examples of cluck

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

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I know all the birds say when they twitter and chirp, caw and coo, gobble and cluck.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • 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

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for cluck

cluck

noun
  1. the low clicking sound made by a hen or any similar sound
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verb
  1. (intr) (of a hen) to make a clicking sound
  2. (tr) to call or express (a feeling) by making a similar sound
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Word Origin for cluck

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for cluck

v.

Old English cloccian originally echoic. Cf. Turkish culuk, one of the words for "turkey;" Greek klozein, Latin glocire, German glucken. Related: Clucked; clucking.

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n.

1703, "sound made by a hen," from cluck (v.). Slang meaning "stupid person" (turkeys are famously foolish) is from 1927.

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