cluck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cluck make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
    • n cluck the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cluck A click. See 3d Click, 2.
    • Cluck The call of a hen to her chickens.
    • v. t Cluck To call together, or call to follow, as a hen does her chickens. "She, poor hen, fond of no second brood,
      Has clucked three to the wars."
    • v. i Cluck To make the noise, or utter the call, of a brooding hen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cluck To utter the call or cry of a brooding hen or a hen with young chicks.
    • cluck To call or incite by clucking, as a hen her chicks.
    • n cluck A sound uttered by a hen when broody, or in calling her chicks.
    • n cluck Same as click, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cluck kluk the call of a hen to her chickens: any similar sound
    • v.i Cluck to make the sound of a hen when calling on her chickens
    • adj Cluck that clucks
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cloccian,; cf. D. klokken, G. glucken, glucksen, LG. klukken, Dan. klukke,; all prob. of imitative origin

Usage

In literature:

Shocked, stunned, the major sat in a daze, making little clucking sounds in his throat.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
Mrs. Hen clucked and tried to look wise.
"The Tale of Grumpy Weasel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
She punctuated her remarks by frequent clucks, which, I suppose, were meant to be coquettish.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
When a hen wants to sit, she makes a particular kind of clucking, and goes to her nest.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
She made queer clucking sounds.
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Then he clucked to the old mare, and they rattled away.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Pol would make a clucking sound with her tongue.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
She had clucked comfortably every time he had worried aloud about her task.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
When they came near she ruffled up her feathers and gave an angry cluck.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
Then he let the seat down again and clucked to the horse.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
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In poetry:

Great chanticleer was pleased to give
A patronizing crow,
And the contemptuous biddies clucked,
"I wish my chicks did so."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
Clamped to couch, his fiery hearing sucked
Whispers that at heart made iron-clang:
Here fool-women clucked,
There men held harangue.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
'Dear, dear! Cluckety-cluck!
Who'd be a hen that has hatched out a duck?
Cluck-cluck! What shall I do?
Was ever a hen with such pickles as you?'
"The Hen That Has Hatched Ducks" by Cicely Fox Smith
They wore girls' pink straw hats to church
And clucked like hens. They surely did.
They bought two HOtel frying pans
And in them down the mountain slid.
"When Gassy Thompson Struck It Rich" by Vachel Lindsay
The whippoorwill is coming to shout
And hush and cluck and flutter about:
I hear him begin far enough away
Full many a time to say his say
Before he arrives to say it out.
"Ghost House" by Robert Frost

In news:

I recently checked out Cluck 'N Cup in the SouthEnd area with my little brother and my dad and thought it was amazing.
Hyraxes , which resemble rodents but are more closely related to elephants or manatees, often cluck, snort, squeak, tweet and wail songs from the perches of their rocky colonies.
My friend and neighbor on Bolivar, Rusty Cluck, pulls some mighty big words out of his hat from time to time.
A few chickens were scattered behind him, clucking at the distant hills that awaited them.
COLUMBIA — Turkey hunters in Boone County have something to cluck about.
Mystery of the missing 'Clucks'.
I don't mean clucking and cocka-doodle-dooing, but the power of the bird.
TNR's editorial clucking at Occupy Wall Street suffers from weak sociological imagination compounded by wrongheaded stuffiness.
Cluck you, you dirty rotten mothercluckers.
Cluck Says "Find Someone To Dosie Doh ".
It's almost like Christmas for Cluck, the WFGR Mascot.
The Chick-fil-A fracas : less clucking, please.
Diane Cluck Draw Me Out Fall.
Opal Cluck, 89, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012, at her residence.
TIM O'Brian Cluck Old Hen Tim O'Brian www.timo'brian.com.
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