clucking


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cluck

 (klŭk)
n.
1.
a. The characteristic sound made by a hen when brooding or calling its chicks.
b. A sound similar to this.
2. Informal A stupid or foolish person.
v. clucked, cluck·ing, clucks
v.intr.
1. To utter the characteristic sound of a hen.
2. To make a sound similar to that of a hen, as in coaxing a horse.
v.tr.
1. To call by making the characteristic sound of a hen or a similar sound.
2. To express by clucking: He clucked disapproval.

[Middle English clokken, from Old English cloccian.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clucking - the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)clucking - the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks)
cry - the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"
References in classic literature ?
Some chickens were clucking outside the windows, scratching for bits of gravel in the grass.
Be that as it might, the hens were now scarcely larger than pigeons, and had a queer, rusty, withered aspect, and a gouty kind of movement, and a sleepy and melancholy tone throughout all the variations of their clucking and cackling.
On frosty nights the humane Negro prowler would warm the end of the plank and put it up under the cold claws of chickens roosting in a tree; a drowsy hen would step on to the comfortable board, softly clucking her gratitude, and the prowler would dump her into his bag, and later into his stomach, perfectly sure that in taking this trifle from the man who daily robbed him of an inestimable treasure--his liberty--he was not committing any sin that God would remember against him in the Last Great Day.
One day, a high summer flood washed him out of the burrow where he lived with his father and mother, and carried him, kicking and clucking, down a roadside ditch.
When he awoke, the morning was advanced and the sun was filling his window, and he heard, outside of it, the clucking of hens.
They were so absorbed in the sense of being close to each other that they did not begin talking for a long while, the silence being broken only by the clucking of the milk in the tall cans behind them.
New York, with its shoving, jostling, hurrying crowds; a giant fowl-run, full of human fowls scurrying to and fro; clucking, ever on the look-out for some desired morsel, and ever ready to swoop down and snatch it from its temporary possessor, had numbed her.
In front of the door a clucking hen was scratching in the dust with a brood of chickens about her heels, the sparrows were chattering of household affairs under the eaves, and all was so sweet and peaceful that Little John's heart laughed within him.
Mary had gone this walk many hundred times in the course of her life, generally alone, and at different stages the ghosts of past moods would flood her mind with a whole scene or train of thought merely at the sight of three trees from a particular angle, or at the sound of the pheasant clucking in the ditch.
My imitation of the clucking hen who had just laid an egg was also considered rather above the average.
the clucking, evil-minded monsters, finding wrong in everything, seeing sin in the most innocent actions, and suggesting sin--yes, causing sin--by their diseased imaginings.
I was knocked backward fully a dozen feet before I fetched up against the ground, and I remember, half-stunned, even as the blow was struck, hearing the wild uproar of clucking and shrieking laughter that arose from the caves.