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

Examples of cleek in a Sentence

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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 4 Mar. 2024.

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