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From Middle English clocken, clokken, from Old English cloccian(to cluck, make a noise), from Proto-Germanic *klukkwōną(to make a sound, cluck), of imitative origin. Cognate with Scots clok, clock(to cluck), Dutch klokken(to cluck), Low German klucken(to cluck), German glucken(to cluck), Danish klukke(to cluck), Swedish klucka(to cluck), Icelandic klökkva(to sob, whine, cluck).



cluck ‎(plural clucks)

  1. The sound made by a hen, especially when brooding, or calling her chicks.
  2. Any sound similar to this.
  3. A kind of tongue click used to urge on a horse.



cluck ‎(third-person singular simple present clucks, present participle clucking, simple past and past participle clucked)

  1. (intransitive) To make such a sound.
  2. (transitive) To cause (the tongue) to make a clicking sound.
    My mother clucked her tongue in disapproval.
  3. To call together, or call to follow, as a hen does her chickens.
    • Shakespeare
      She, poor hen, fond of no second brood, / Has clucked three to the wars.
  4. (Britain, drug slang) to suffer withdrawal from heroin.


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