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clucked; clucking; clucks

intransitive verb

: to make a cluck
: to make a clicking sound with the tongue
: to express interest or concern
critics clucked over the new developments

transitive verb

: to call with a cluck
: to express with interest or concern


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: the characteristic sound made by a hen especially in calling her chicks
: a stupid or naive person
a dumb cluck

Examples of cluck in a Sentence

Verb The hen clucked at her chicks. The driver clucked at the horses to get them moving. Commentators have been clucking over his lack of experience. Noun Don't be such a dumb cluck. stuck with a bunch of clucks on an extended bus tour
Recent Examples on the Web
Even a peep of news about a new flu pandemic is enough to set scientists clucking about eggs. Arthur Allen, CBS News, 29 May 2024 Even a trip to the restroom is a delight, as the sound of chickens clucking in the coop above the bathrooms welcomes you in the door. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 19 Feb. 2024 One potential ideal might be a future where anyone who chooses to eat meat keeps a handful of chickens clucking through their backyards. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 11 Jan. 2024 Now myriad commentators are running in circles clucking like a flock of wet hens. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 18 Jan. 2024 The garden has a busy poultry house filled with clucking guinea fowl and laying hens. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 16 Jan. 2024 Leader Kim Jong Un tests a nuclear bomb; the world clucks in alarm. Sulmaan Khan, Foreign Affairs, 18 Feb. 2016 Just down the street, thousands of chickens clucked in an untended poultry shed. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 At the edge of the crowd a local consulting engineer named Henry Murphy watched the carnage and clucked sympathetically as the pasta body count climbed. Jeffrey Kluger, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019
Many still hunters use a step-step-pause cadence to mimic a deer waking or will cluck on a turkey call occasionally while scratching the leaves with a boot. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 13 Mar. 2024 Hypnotists hush our brains’ analytic tendencies: Shhhh, stop worrying about your tax return and cluck like a chicken. Emily Latimer, Longreads, 25 Jan. 2024 So what makes the fried chicken served at a grocery store, no-frills eatery and a couple of high-end restaurants a cluck above the rest? South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, 15 Jan. 2024 Republicans were able to get huge yuks and clucks out of that. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 28 Dec. 2023 There is also a sound detection software, which can infer chicken moods and behaviors through the pitch and pattern of their clucks, chirps, and alerts. Charlotte Hu, Popular Science, 19 Oct. 2023 To bring a gobbler out of strut, give him a few clucks on a mouth call (but be ready to shoot). Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 21 Apr. 2023 Eating candy around the cluck today. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 21 Feb. 2023 Chickens cluck in the background. Melissa Fajardo, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2022

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Word History




First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cluck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the call of a hen especially to her chicks
cluck verb

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