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cluck

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verb \ˈklək\

Simple Definition of cluck

  • of a chicken : to make a low sound

  • : to make a low sound with the tongue

  • : to talk about something in an excited and often disapproving way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cluck

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a cluck

  3. 2 :  to make a clicking sound with the tongue

  4. 3 :  to express interest or concern <critics clucked over the new developments>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to call with a cluck

  7. 2 :  to express with interest or concern

Examples of cluck in a sentence

  1. The hen clucked at her chicks.

  2. The driver clucked at the horses to get them moving.

  3. Commentators have been clucking over his lack of experience.



Origin and Etymology of cluck

imitative


First Known Use: 15th century


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cluck

noun

Simple Definition of cluck

  • : a short, low sound that is made by a chicken

  • : a short, low sound that is used to show disapproval or sympathy

  • : a stupid or foolish person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cluck

  1. 1 :  the characteristic sound made by a hen especially in calling her chicks

  2. 2 :  a stupid or naive person <a dumb cluck>

Examples of cluck in a sentence

  1. Don't be such a dumb cluck.

  2. <stuck with a bunch of clucks on an extended bus tour>



1703

First Known Use of cluck

1703


CLUCK Defined for Kids

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cluck

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verb \ˈklək\

Definition of cluck for Students

clucked

clucking

  1. :  to make the low sound of or like a hen




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cluck

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noun

Definition of cluck for Students

  1. :  the sound made by a hen





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