- 1(Of a hen) make a short, low sound: the chickens clucked and scratched in the dirtMore example sentences
- Chickens and hens cluck nearby and the cicadas start up their relentless refrain.
- The chickens clucked and scratched around his feet.
- She lived on the top floor while all her hens and chickens clucked happily on the ground level.
- 1.1(Of a person) make a short, low sound with one’s tongue to express concern or disapproval: the bystanders shook their heads and clucked sympathetically [with object]: Carmichael clucked his tongue irritablyMore example sentences
- I cluck my tongue at Carole, the way my grandmother clucks her tongue at me when I've said something utterly, wholly stupid.
- I'd toss out a topic and he'd cluck his tongue and point out ways my idea could be offensive and controversial.
- The maid clucked her tongue and rolled her eyes.
- 1.2 [no object] (cluck over/around) Express fussy concern about: Pauline became worried about her health and constantly clucked over herMore example sentences
- He says she is ‘cute’ and recalls how she spent time clucking over the daughters of both her friends at the wedding last year.
- As soon as he asks the checkout assistant, three more of them appear and start clucking around.
- In every gift shop, there are more cute infants to cluck over.
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- 1The short, low sound made by a hen.More example sentences
- Farmers usually keep farm animals to supplement their income, but a visitor to this farm will not hear clucks or moos.
- But for the rest of us, the meaning behind creatures' clucks, rumbles, and whistles remains a mystery.
- A chorus of clucks answered the maiden when the door was opened.
- 1.1A short, low sound made by a person to express concern or disapproval: Loretta gave a cluck of impatienceMore example sentences
- Margaret was temporarily silenced, but she still made displeased clucks as she looked her daughter over.
- He gave a cluck of sorts and began the lesson.
- He made a noise which, had he been female, would have been instantly recognized as a sympathetic cluck.
- 2North American • informal A foolish person.More example sentences
- I have seen some of the responsible anti-war leaders try to distance themselves from such clucks, but not enough.
- Whether she intended to eventually marry the silly cluck or not, that wouldn't matter, because I just wouldn't like it.
late 15th century: imitative, corresponding to Danish klukke, Swedish klucka.
More definitions of cluckDefinition of cluck in:
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