Origin of cluckMiddle English clokken from Old English cloccian: origin, originally echoic
- the sound of clucking
- Slang a dull, stupid person; dolt
- a. The characteristic sound made by a hen when brooding or calling its chicks.b. A sound similar to this.
- Informal A stupid or foolish person.
verbclucked, cluck·ing, clucks
- To utter the characteristic sound of a hen.
- To make a sound similar to that of a hen, as in coaxing a horse.
- To call by making the characteristic sound of a hen or a similar sound.
- To express by clucking: He clucked disapproval.
Origin of cluckMiddle English clokken from Old English cloccian
(third-person singular simple present clucks, present participle clucking, simple past and past participle clucked)
From Middle English clocken, clokken, from Old English cloccian (“to cluck, make a noise”), from Proto-Germanic *klukkwōną (“to make a sound, cluck”), of imitative origin. Cognate with Scots clok, clock (“to cluck”), Dutch klokken (“to cluck”), Low German klukken (“to cluck”), German glucken (“to cluck”), Danish klukke (“to cluck”), Swedish klucka (“to cluck”), Icelandic klökkva (“to sob, whine, cluck”).