clucking hen

 a hen desirous of sitting to hatch her eggs. N.

A glossary of provincial and local words used in England. . 1790.

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  • Clucking — Cluck ing, n. The noise or call of a brooding hen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hen — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ battery, free range (esp. BrE) ▪ mother ▪ She fussed around like a mother hen. ▪ broody ▪ laying …   Collocations dictionary

  • Clucking — Cluck Cluck, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Clucked}; p pr. & vb. n. {Clucking}.] [AS. cloccian; cf. D. klokken, G. glucken, glucksen, LG. klukken, Dan. klukke; all prob. of imitative origin.] To make the noise, or utter the call, of a brooding hen. Ray.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clucking — klÊŒk n. sound uttered by a hen, cackle v. make a noise like a hen, make a clicking sound with the tongue …   English contemporary dictionary

  • clucking — noun the sound made by a hen (as in calling her chicks) • Syn: ↑cluck • Derivationally related forms: ↑cluck (for: ↑cluck) • Hypernyms: ↑cry …   Useful english dictionary

  • glucke — ˈglu̇kə noun also gluck k ( s) Etymology: German glucke, literally, clucking hen, of imitative origin : a roller canary tour suggestive of a hen s clucking …   Useful english dictionary

  • cluck, you dumb —    Used mainly in American rather than British speech to refer to a stupid person. ‘Cluck’ has that meaning on its own, but ‘dumb cluck’ is very much a standard phrase. The form of the word suggests that it is linked with a clucking hen, but it… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • cluck — I [[t]klʌk[/t]] v. i. 1) anb to utter the cry of a hen brooding or calling her chicks 2) to make a similar sound, esp. one expressing concern, approval, etc 3) to call by clucking 4) to express by clucking 5) anb the sound uttered by a hen when… …   From formal English to slang

  • cluck — /klʌk / (say kluk) verb (i) 1. to utter the cry of a hen brooding or calling her chicks. 2. to make a similar sound. –verb (t) 3. to call or utter by clucking: clucking his sympathy. –noun 4. the sound uttered by a hen when brooding, or in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Chicken — Gallus gallus domesticus redirects here. For other subspecies, see Red Junglefowl. Chooks redirects here. For the fast food chain, see Chooks Fresh Tasty. This article is about the animal. For chicken as human food, see Chicken (food). For other… …   Wikipedia


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