cluck1 [klʌk] v
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: From the sound]
if a chicken clucks, it makes a short low sound
2.) [I and T]
to express sympathy or disapproval by saying something, or by making a short low noise with your tongue
Edith clucked her tongue impatiently.
cluck over/around etc
She stood clucking over the baby.
>clucking[i] adj
clucking noises
cluck 2
cluck2 n [C usually singular]
1.) a low short noise made by chickens
2.) a sound made with your tongue, used to show disapproval or sympathy
a disapproving cluck
3.) dumb/stupid cluck
AmE a stupid person
You dumb cluck, why'd you tell him?

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