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cluck

verb \ ˈklək \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of cluck

intransitive verb
1 : to make a cluck
2 : to make a clicking sound with the tongue
3 : to express interest or concern
  • critics clucked over the new developments
transitive verb
1 : to call with a cluck
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.

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Origin and Etymology of cluck

imitative


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cluck

noun

Definition of cluck

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

Recent Examples of cluck from the Web

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First Known Use of cluck

1703


CLUCK Defined for English Language Learners

cluck

verb

Definition of cluck for English Language Learners

  • 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


cluck

noun

Definition of cluck for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CLUCK Defined for Kids

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cluck

verb \ ˈklək \

Definition of cluck for Students

clucked; clucking
: to make the low sound of or like a hen

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cluck

noun

Definition of cluck for Students

: the sound made by a hen


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