Definition of cluck in English:


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Pronunciation: /klʌk


[no object]
  • 1(Of a hen) make a short, low sound: the chickens clucked and scratched in the dirt
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    • 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 irritably
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    • 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 her
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    • 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.
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    • 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 impatience
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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