\ 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

Other Words from clack


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 Some species will sashay and shimmy and shriek; others are more muted, satisfied to simply bow and nod, and click and clack their beaks together. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 Typewriters still clack, and cigarettes (lots of cigarettes) get smoked., 21 Oct. 2021 After losing its bricks-and-mortar shop in the pandemic, Empanology may have found a forever home in the backyard of the Bronx Brewery in Mott Haven, under the tracks where freight trains and Acela coaches clack along regularly. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 The keys once again make a joyful click and clack with each press. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 1 Apr. 2021 Remember when a person would clack fresh pepper over your bowl of dish? Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 1 July 2020 Plus, the mechanical shifter protruding from the dashboard clacks inexpensively. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 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, 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, 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Who wouldn't want to wear a cool hat, toot the whistle and clickety-clack down the tracks? Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 At Highland Park Public Library, the celebration of Halloween was set to the rhythm of the rails and the clickety clack of a train rumbling along the track of the Halloween Railroad. Gina Grillo,, 2 Nov. 2021 Tactile switches, commonly brown, provide a small bump and subdued clack to confirm registered keystrokes. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2021 But there's also the unmistakable rhythmic sway and clickety-clack of being on a railroad. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 The capture button on your phone’s camera app still makes the mechanical clack of a physical shutter. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 16 June 2021 Juls bathes their voices in resonant bass and click-clack drumming; guitars scoot forward hesitantly and then retreat, like a dancer afraid of commitment. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 The Commodores will compete in a game-like setting for the first half and likely play during a running clack in the second half. Mark Heim |, al, 17 Apr. 2021 There’s a couple of things: one is the clickety-clack going up, with the safety locks. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 9 Apr. 2021

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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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