Cluck Definition

clucked, clucking, clucks
The characteristic sound made by a hen when brooding or calling its chicks.
American Heritage
The sound of clucking.
Webster's New World
A dull, stupid person; dolt.
Webster's New World

A kind of tongue click used to urge on a horse.

clucked, clucking, clucks
To utter with such a sound.
To cluck one's disapproval.
Webster's New World
To make a low, sharp, clicking sound, as that of a hen calling her chicks.
Webster's New World
To call by making the characteristic sound of a hen or a similar sound.
American Heritage
To express by clucking.
He clucked disapproval.
American Heritage

(UK, drug slang) To suffer withdrawal from heroin.


Origin of Cluck

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English clokken from Old English cloccian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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