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.

Origin of cluck

1475–85; variant of clock1 (now dial. and Scot), Middle English clokken, Old English cloccian to cluck; cognate with Dutch klokken Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for clucked

coo, cackle, chuck

Examples from the Web for clucked

Contemporary Examples of clucked

Historical Examples of clucked

  • Aunt Luceba shook her head ponderously, and clucked at the horse.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • She clucked at the sight of the pool of water he was creating in her foyer.

    Dream Town

    Henry Slesar

  • Then Harry clucked his tongue against his palate to coax him to go.

    The Big Nightcap Letters

    Frances Elizabeth Barrow

  • I said I wasn't sure, and she clucked her tongue in sympathy.

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • She boxed his ears, while he guffawed and clucked at his team.

British Dictionary definitions for clucked



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 clucked



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper