He clucked disapproval.
To cluck one's disapproval.
Origin of cluck
- Middle English clokken from Old English cloccian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).