cleek

noun
\ ˈklēk How to pronounce cleek (audio) \

Definition of cleek

chiefly Scotland
: a large hook (as for a pot over a fire)

First Known Use of cleek

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cleek

Middle English (northern) cleke, from cleken to clutch

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