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

2 [kluhk]
noun Slang.
a dull-witted, stupid person; blockhead; dolt.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism; special use of cluck1

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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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cluck definition

[klək]
and kluck
  1. n.
    a stupid person; a person as stupid as a chicken. : Why did they send me a dumb cluck to do this work? , You silly kluck! Why'd you do that?
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Example sentences
Each practice run produces the hum, then the cluck of wood, softened by the foam.
The plain cluck, many times, includes two or three single note clucks.
Hens cluck loudly after laying an egg, and also to call their chicks.
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