cleck

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Scots cleck, from Old Norse klekja.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

cleck (third-person singular simple present clecks, present participle clecking, simple past and past participle clecked)

  1. (chiefly Scotland, transitive) To hatch (a bird); (colloquial) to give birth to (a person).
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 46:
      Poor he might be, but the creature wasn't yet clecked that might put on its airs with him, John Guthrie.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse klekja.

Verb[edit]

cleck (third-person singular present clecks, present participle cleckin, past cleckit, past participle cleckit)

  1. to hatch, to give birth to