cleek

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Scots.

Noun[edit]

cleek (plural cleeks)

  1. (chiefly Scotland) A large hook.
  2. (golf, dated) A metal headed golf club with little loft. Equivalent to a one or two iron a modern set of clubs.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 58:
      He had begun at four, playing with a miniature cleek and a found shilling ball over the municipal links.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cleken (to seize, clutch)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cleek (plural cleeks)

  1. A hook.
  2. The act of cleeking; a clutch.

Verb[edit]

tae cleek (third-person singular simple present cleeks, present participle cleekin, simple past claucht, past participle claucht)

  1. To seize, clutch, snatch.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Allan Ramsay, Lucky Spence's Last Advice
      Cleek a'ye can be hook or crook.
  2. To catch with a hook.
  3. To marry.