American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The characteristic sound made by a hen when brooding or calling its chicks.
- n. A sound similar to this.
- n. Informal A stupid or foolish person.
- v. To utter the characteristic sound of a hen.
- v. To make a sound similar to that of a hen, as in coaxing a horse.
- v. To call by making the characteristic sound of a hen or a similar sound.
- v. To express by clucking: He clucked disapproval.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter the call or cry of a brooding hen or a hen with young chicks.
- To call or incite by clucking, as a hen her chicks.
- n. A sound uttered by a hen when broody, or in calling her chicks.
- n. Same as click, 2.
- n. The sound made by a hen, especially when brooding, or calling her chicks.
- n. Any sound similar to this.
- n. A kind of tongue click used to urge on a horse.
- v. To make such a sound.
- v. UK, drug slang to suffer withdrawal from heroin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make the noise, or utter the call, of a brooding hen.
- v. To call together, or call to follow, as a hen does her chickens.
- n. The call of a hen to her chickens.
- n. A click. See 3d Click, 2.
- v. make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
- n. the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)
- From Middle English clocken, clokken, from Old English cloccian ("to cluck, make a noise"), from Proto-Germanic *klukkwōnan (“to make a sound, cluck”), of imitative origin. Cognate with Scots clok, clock ("to cluck"), Dutch klokken ("to cluck"), Low German klukken ("to cluck"), German glucken ("to cluck"), Danish klukke ("to cluck"), Swedish klucka ("to cluck"), Icelandic klökkva ("to sob, whine, cluck"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English clokken, from Old English cloccian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The common cluck is presented with so much nonsense to sift through its no wonder that Atkins diets and similar ilk get more attention (and thus validity in the public eye) by popularizing one or two bad ideas and focusing on that.”
“The easiest way I do a cluck is press your tongue firmly in the center of the latex and say took along with a burst of air.”
“Those who don't like a rogue's progress, preferring to cluck from a distance over the skeevy habits of today's rich bachelors, should skip Sons of Hollywood," writes Virginia Heffernan.”
“In French, cocotte (the feminine diminutive of coq) is originally a child's name for "hen" (coq...cocotte) (in English "cluck-cluck") and has a further two meanings: my sweetie ("ma cocotte") and "tart" (as in trollop or kept-woman).”
“Thus prepared, he takes his "call," and gives one solitary "cluck" - so exquisitely - that it chimes in with the running brook and the rustling leaf.”
“She eats chicken (she really eats that drumstick -- and it's kind of beautiful), calls George a "cluck," and they booze it up.”
“I am too sensitive to make a list of all the insults I get, but they would go "cluck" or something so far, I think I've been called forms of chicken, dog, and sow!”
“My thumbs can do that too, I can also wiggle my ears, and bend some of my toes individually, roll and "cluck" my tongue...i'm gonna stop here, theres more but I'm starting to sound like a circus freak!”
“It was about 90 degrees and they would "cluck" if even a foot was exposed under the blanket.”
“Three johns are crying foul, as in what the "cluck"?”
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