clucking

cluck

1 [kluhk]
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.
verb (used with object)
3.
to call or utter by clucking.
noun
4.
the sound uttered by a hen when brooding, or in calling her chicks.
5.
any clucking sound.

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

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cluck (klʌk)
 
n
1.  the low clicking sound made by a hen or any similar sound
 
vb
2.  (intr) (of a hen) to make a clicking sound
3.  (tr) to call or express (a feeling) by making a similar sound
 
[C17: of imitative origin]

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cluck
O.E. cloccian originally echoic. Cf. Turkish culuk, one of the words for "turkey."
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