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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant is located in a former cleek factory, where high-end golf clubs were manufactured. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 5 July 2022 The brassie, the spoon, the baffie and the cleek: All would be lost and consigned to the waters of time if not for the priceless collections once belonging to club champions with names like C. Stillborn Drunklord IV. Sally Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2022

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Word History


Middle English (northern) cleke, from cleken to clutch

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cleek was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cleek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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