\ 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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Other Words from clack


clacker noun

Synonyms for clack

Synonyms: Verb

clatter, rattle

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Examples of clack in a Sentence


I heard her heels clacking down the hall. He clacked his teeth together.

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The nearly two-minute clip opens with a plucky Sabrina — jerrycan in hand, Mary Janes on feet — creepily click-clacking her way down Baxter High’s corridor to pour fuel in the entrance hall and ominously light a match. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 Releases First Trailer Ahead of April Premiere," 18 Mar. 2019 The words rang out like tiny little hammers clacking out your message…clear and uncomplicated. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 Peer pressure had brought me to this moment, clacking in my wooden sandals to the altar. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 Some clacked away on the keyboards of their laptops, other scribbled notes on legal pads as many of the world’s top basketball prospects ran up and down the court in front of them. Malika Andrews,, "NBA teams value draft combine interactions even though some top players are no-shows," 18 May 2018 Maybe another little girl who loves football will walk past the Panthers practice fields one morning and hear the pads clacking. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "She wanted to coach football, but everyone told her no. This spring, Panthers said yes.," 13 June 2018 The inner sanctum has long tables with dozens of tech people clacking away. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "48 Hours Without Four Wheels: What I Learned Living the Ridesharing Scooter Life," 5 June 2018 Renowned Lego artist Nathan Sawaya has gone from snapping bricks to clacking the keyboard. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lego Artist Nathan Sawaya Launches Children's Book Series," 1 June 2018 Teachers talk about being warned against wearing shoes that clack and clothes that rustle. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Cover the ABCs. Silence the kids. Test time in NC can be intense, teachers say.," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Forget any associations with matronly librarians and think instead of the snappy, confident clack of the heel meeting the ground and announcing its wearer’s arrival. Vogue, "The Slingback Heel Is Making a Comeback," 14 Apr. 2019 The resounding click-clack muffles the murmur of anticipation as the train inches up the wooden structure. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster," 13 Aug. 2018 In front and on display to the street is a lounge with Art Deco curves, where bartenders percussively clack shakers behind a long river of zinc. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 The sound of a newspaper office in those days was the clack-clacking of sturdy typewriters. Bob Ryan,, "Remembering my start, 50 years ago, at the Globe," 9 June 2018 The moment burned brightly with the clacks of flip phones and the snaps of fingertips. Cassie Owens,, "Where have all the musical ringtones gone?," 24 May 2018 Students being tested on computers each sat in a private room so the clickety-clack of the keyboards wouldn’t disturb classmates. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Colleges Bend the Rules for More Students, Give Them Extra Help," 24 May 2018 The clickity-clack of typing quickly on a keyboard. 20. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "21 Most Epically Satisfying Sounds In The Entire World," 29 Apr. 2015 Cherry Reds also don't make much sound, which may bother typists who are used to at least some clickety-clack even with rubber-domed keyboards. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Corsair's compact K63 mechanical keyboard is made for gamers and only $60 today," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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