from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To utter the characteristic sound of a hen.
  • intransitive v. To make a sound similar to that of a hen, as in coaxing a horse.
  • transitive v. To call by making the characteristic sound of a hen or a similar sound.
  • transitive v. To express by clucking: He clucked disapproval.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. to suffer withdrawal from heroin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The call of a hen to her chickens.
  • n. A click. See 3d Click, 2.
  • intransitive v. To make the noise, or utter the call, of a brooding hen.
  • transitive v. To call together, or call to follow, as a hen does her chickens.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
  • n. the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)


Middle English clokken, from Old English cloccian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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  • I would say it was more of a clock than a cluck.

    February 24, 2010

  • Try doing it faster.

    February 24, 2010

  • Is cluck the best word for the sound made when you move your tongue suddenly from the roof of your mouth to the floor of your mouth? The sound kids use to imitate horses. Seems like there's another word for that but my brain is stuck on cluck!

    February 24, 2010