dumb cluck

n
a stupid or gormless person. In origin a rustic Americanism, probably inspired by the supposed stupidity of chickens. See also dumbo

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • dumb-cluck — dumbˈ cluck noun A fool (orig US; same as ↑cluck) • • • Main Entry: ↑dumb …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumb cluck — n. a stupid oaf; a person as stupid as a chicken. □ Sally is not a dumb cluck, but she is sort of slow. □ What a dumb cluck! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • dumb cluck — noun or dumb bunny slang : dumbbell 4 …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumb cluck — Slang. a stupid person. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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 — cluck1 [klʌk] v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: From the sound] 1.) 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dumb — adj. 1 a (of a person) unable to speak, usu. because of a congenital defect or deafness. b (of an animal) naturally unable to speak (our dumb friends). 2 silenced by surprise, shyness, etc. (struck dumb by this revelation). 3 taciturn or reticent …   Useful english dictionary

  • cluck — I. verb Etymology: imitative Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to make a cluck 2. to make a clicking sound with the tongue 3. to express interest or concern < critics clucked over the new developments > transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cluck — 1 verb 1 (I) if a chicken clucks, it makes a short, low sound 2 (I, T) to express sympathy or disapproval by saying something, or by making a short low noise with your tongue (+ over/around/about): The women stood together clucking over her… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cluck — n. & v. n. 1 a guttural cry like that of a hen. 2 sl. a silly or foolish person (dumb cluck). v.intr. emit a cluck or clucks. Etymology: imit …   Useful english dictionary

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