\ ˈklak How to pronounce clack (audio) \
clacked; clacking; clacks

Definition of clack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

2 : to make an abrupt striking sound or series of sounds
3 of fowl : cackle, cluck

transitive verb

1 : to cause to make a clatter
2 : to produce with a chattering sound specifically : blab



Definition of clack (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : rapid continuous talk : chatter
b : tongue
2 archaic : an object (such as a valve) that produces clapping or rattling noises usually in regular rapid sequence
3 : a sound of clacking the clack of a typewriter

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clacker noun

Synonyms for clack

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of clack in a Sentence

Verb I heard her heels clacking down the hall. He clacked his teeth together.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remember when a person would clack fresh pepper over your bowl of dish? Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Mille Lire restaurant closes permanently after a long, tough year," 1 July 2020 Plus, the mechanical shifter protruding from the dashboard clacks inexpensively. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Compact SUV Battle: Ford vs. Honda vs. Mazda vs. Subaru vs. Toyota vs. VW," 20 Apr. 2020 My hourlong train ride to the office in San Francisco offers a good routine: biking to the station, time for uninterrupted thought and email while the wheels and rails clack in rhythm, and a brisk walk to the office. David Kopp, WSJ, "Loneliness Is a Health Hazard, Too," 22 Mar. 2020 There’s another wall of trees ahead, a tight window on the far side, beyond which everything is obscured, a rat’s nest of clacking timber. Carson Vaughan, Outside Online, "Blood. Bruises. Cow Pies. Our Anniversary on the "Divorce River"," 27 Jan. 2020 Chicken bones were shredded very nicely, without any lingering clickety-clacking you might commonly hear from disposals. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "6 Best Garbage Disposals For Pulverizing Food," 25 Sep. 2019 Two days later, in another Washington mash-up of work and werk, drag queen Pissi Myles clacked down the halls of the Longworth Building in shiny red pumps. Washington Post, "How drag queens have snatched the political spotlight in the Trump era," 25 Nov. 2019 Antlers clacked on antlers, cartilage snapped, and the breath of three thousand animals rose over the fence. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 Patrons have reported hearing footsteps in storage areas and pool balls clacking together on phantom billiards tables. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You might see a ghost at these 7 haunted sites in the Milwaukee suburbs," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The clickety-clack of turning beans created a steady tempo accompanying Recreo Coffee and Roasterie’s opening routine on a recent morning., "No travel history in 1st reported US case of COVID-19 variant," 30 Dec. 2020 Skyscrapers were rising everywhere across the city, a neon tangle of signs and burnished steel, men in suits and women in high heels, click click clack. Te-ping Chen, The Atlantic, "Shanghai Murmur," 11 Dec. 2020 Condenser microphones offer better, more natural sounding audio for your voice, but are sensitive to background noise, like the click-clack of your keyboard or kids yelling in the background. NBC News, "Best microphones to buy in 2020, according to a tech expert," 25 Nov. 2020 The surprisingly potent attraction will forego a traditional coaster lift hill (no pokey click-clack-click), instead sending passengers tearing out of the station using a magnetic launch system. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Universal Orlando announces new rapturous Jurassic World roller coaster," 29 Sep. 2020 Plus, this song has such movement—almost like the clickety-clack of a train or the rubber tires on the rolling road. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist, According to Our Favorite Musicians," 13 Aug. 2020 Sergine could hear the clack of computer keys on the other end of the line. Washington Post, "The pandemic hit and this car became home for a family of four.," 6 June 2020 Her folding Ollie chair flattens with the yank of a cord, and a satisfying clack! Jane Margolies, New York Times, "At the Brooklyn Navy Yard It’s Full Steam Ahead," 12 Mar. 2020 RuPaul's Drag Race is welcoming fresh icons and classic superstars to click-clack about the Werk Room as part of the All-Stars 5 cast — all of whom will compete on VH1 after all. Joey Nolfi,, "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 5," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of clack


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for clack


Middle English, of imitative origin

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The first known use of clack was in the 13th century

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“Clack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce clack (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clack

: to make or cause something to make a short sharp sound or series of short sharp sounds


\ ˈklak How to pronounce clack (audio) \
clacked; clacking

Kids Definition of clack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to talk rapidly and without stopping
2 : to make or cause to make a short sharp sound … suddenly he began to shiver … I could hear his teeth clacking.— Theodore Taylor, The Cay



Kids Definition of clack (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : rapid continuous talk The disc jockey's clack went on all morning.
2 : a sound of clacking the clack of a typewriter

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