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[kluhk] /klʌk/
verb (used without object)
to utter the cry of a hen brooding or calling her chicks.
to make a similar sound; express concern, approval, etc., by such a sound.
verb (used with object)
to call or utter by clucking.
the sound uttered by a hen when brooding, or in calling her chicks.
any clucking sound.
Origin of cluck1
1475-85; variant of clock1 (now dial. and Scot), Middle English clokken, Old English cloccian to cluck; cognate with Dutch klokken Unabridged
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  • Rosie shook her head and clucked her tongue in amazement as deep as Janet's own.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • Sam clucked to his team, and they started briskly down the trail.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Mrs. Smithers clucked disagreeably and went back to the house.

  • She clucked at the sight of the pool of water he was creating in her foyer.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • Then he clucked to the Bay Eagle and rode over the hill, his humped back rising and falling with the gallop of the mare.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • After a moment or two Thal clucked to his horse and started off again.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • He clucked to the old horse, which awoke out of its drowse with a start, and moved on sluggishly.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Then the biggest brother turned about and clucked to the blue mare.

  • He clucked sympathetically, then burst into a yell of laughter.

    Feline Red Robert Sampson
British Dictionary definitions for clucked


the low clicking sound made by a hen or any similar sound
(intransitive) (of a hen) to make a clicking sound
(transitive) to call or express (a feeling) by making a similar sound
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clucked



Old English cloccian originally echoic. Cf. Turkish culuk, one of the words for "turkey;" Greek klozein, Latin glocire, German glucken. Related: Clucked; clucking.


1703, "sound made by a hen," from cluck (v.). Slang meaning "stupid person" (turkeys are famously foolish) is from 1927.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clucked



  1. A stupid person; idiot: The champion cluck of all time/ If I defend myself you two clucks are going to need a lot more backup (1920s+)
  2. A very dark black person (1950s+ Black)

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dumb cluck

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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