\ ˈklək How to pronounce cluck (audio) \
clucked; clucking; clucks

Definition of cluck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of cluck (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cluck

Synonyms: Noun

airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dum-dum, dumbbell, dumbhead, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], mutt, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo

Antonyms: Noun

brain, genius

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Examples of cluck in a Sentence


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.


Don't be such a dumb cluck. stuck with a bunch of clucks on an extended bus tour
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Next, the governor brings lawmakers back in a Special Session, and tongue-clucking know-it-alls (like me) chide them for how much all this costs., "How I learned to quit worrying and love the special session," 3 June 2019 Chickens scratch and cluck at the side of the road. The Economist, "The world's first commercial drone-delivery service takes flight," 9 June 2018 But really, since a season isn’t complete without a costume, out clucked a chicken, aka David. Becca Kufrin,, "Why Bachelorette Becca Kufrin Gave Garrett the First Impression Rose: He's 'Clever and Charming'," 29 May 2018 Her instantly recognisable song began with Barzilai mimicking chicken clucking sounds to loud cheers from fans. NBC News, "Israel's Netta Barzilai wins Eurovision song contest," 13 May 2018 The racist component to Andre's imprisonment is relevant to the plot, which is set in the '60s, but Golden doesn't do much with it beyond a little mild tongue-clucking about systemic injustice. Noel Murray,, "Despite a solid cast, haphazard comedy 'The Escape of Prisoner 614' misses the mark," 26 Apr. 2018 Representative Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat, openly mocked his Republican colleagues, clucking at them like a chicken. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "How Devin Nunes Turned the House Intelligence Committee Inside Out," 24 Apr. 2018 From the bluffs, visitors can hear roosters clucking in Miguel Aleman and see schoolchildren and traffic crossing a tiny bridge. Washington Post, "On the lower Rio Grande, a glimpse at the border Trump wants," 14 Apr. 2018 Brooke and Steve Giannetti, designers and authors of Patina Farm, built a henhouse worth clucking about. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "This Couple Built the Chicken Coop of Our Dreams and It's So Charming," 9 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Next there’s the chuckle, a satisfied laugh, A cluck to yourself that feels good. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Bette Midler Looks Back on Her Autobiographical, Fantastical Children’s Book, “The Saga of Baby Divine”," 25 June 2019 Among the new offerings: the Oink Cluck Moo, a combination beef hot dog (the moo), chicken fingers (the cluck) and pulled pork (the oink). Chris Kaltenbach,, "A guide to visiting all of Maryland's minor league ballparks," 10 July 2018 Then there is the matter of Kidjo’s lustrous voice versus Byrne’s chicken-ish cluck., "Album reviews: Nine Inch Nails, Lily Allen, Angelique Kidjo," 21 June 2018 Shapiro is almost too creepy, with the little clucks of her tongue and strange behavior. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Hereditary:' 127 minutes of pure horror," 7 June 2018 This premiere of the 12th season includes a horse with teeth troubles, chickens whose clucks have turned to gurgles and some high-strung emus. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ and ‘Everything, Everything’," 6 Jan. 2018 In this wordless piece of form-bending theater, an ensemble of eight makes their pleasures and displeasures known with aggressive clucks and herky-jerky movement. Dusty Somers, The Seattle Times, "Review: ‘Into the Deeps’ runs silent as it explores careless treatment of the environment," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of cluck


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


1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cluck



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English Language Learners Definition of cluck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a chicken : to make a low sound
: to make a low sound with the tongue
informal : to talk about something in an excited and often disapproving way



English Language Learners Definition of cluck (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short, low sound that is made by a chicken
: a short, low sound that is used to show disapproval or sympathy
US, informal : a stupid or foolish person


\ ˈklək How to pronounce cluck (audio) \
clucked; clucking

Kids Definition of cluck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the low sound of or like a hen



Kids Definition of cluck (Entry 2 of 2)

: the sound made by a hen

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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