Things in Scots #13: Cleuk

Welcome to day thirteen of Things in Scots!—a fun collaboration with my husband, Jez (Mind an gie Jez’s post a keek.)

Jez and I were lucky enough to have yesterday off. So, after we posted to our blogs and did our civic duty by voting in the UK General Election, we vegged in front of the TV watching funny videos on YouTube.

As you’d expect, there were a lot of animal videos–the cat ones inspired this post.

Today’s Things in Scots is: Cleuk.


Cleuk (also spelled cleuck, cluick, and clook) means a claw, a hand, in the grip of or clutches. It also means scratching, claws digging in, to seize roughly.

Here’s an example of cleuk in use while talking to a kitten:

Ooyah! Ya cleuky wee beastie.

It’s tricky to come up with a snappy, direct Inglis translation, but here goes: Ouch! You claw-y little animal.

If you want to ken the Scots for anything, just ask in the comments section.

Thenks fur stoapin by, and hae a wunnerfu day.

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Author: Susan T. Braithwaite

Royal Navy veteran from Scotland. My journey into writing started with a screenwriting certificate program at UCLA Ext. Since then, I've worked as a freelance content writer, erotica author, proofreader, professional beta reader, and content editor. I'm now working hard on my dream writing career: romantic suspense author. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking too much coffee, obsessing over yarn, and planning world domination with my husband,, and our squirrel army.​

3 thoughts on “Things in Scots #13: Cleuk

  1. Chris Hall says:

    That’s a new one! I love the vocal version… just needs the sound of the rasping claws 😉 My cat would be most happy to supply.

    1. We haven’t had cats for about 15 year and I can still remember the sound–and the pain. 😂

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