clack

verb
\ 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

clack

noun

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

Verb

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 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 Pendulous crocheted sacks in various sizes are stuffed with natural substances — crackly dried leaves; pungent fennel, basil, cloves and turmeric; clacking pebbles and more. Los Angeles Times, "Review: With the Amazon rainforest on fire, Ernesto Neto’s art opens a jungle clearing," 9 Oct. 2019 Madonna sings over slow-clacking drums and semi-poignant violins. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Paradox of Madonna’s Gun-Control Music Video," 3 July 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "NBA teams value draft combine interactions even though some top players are no-shows," 18 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Behringer Crawford Museum Holiday Traditions Toy trains will click-clack down the tracks, snow dogs will spin on the ice rink and Behringer-Crawford Museum will be aglow with lights, music and the holiday spirit. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 things to do this weekend in Cincinnati: Nov. 15-17," 12 Nov. 2019 Thatched cottages line a lush ravine that winds up a valley alive with the clack of jackdaws. The Economist, "Ikejime: a humane way to kill fish that makes them tastier," 4 Oct. 2019 The usual click-clack chorus of the morning skate featured the sounds of drills, hammers, and at least one electric saw, not just those of skates and sticks. BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins want Charlie McAvoy to shoot the puck more - The Boston Globe," 13 Oct. 2019 Thatched cottages line a lush ravine that winds up a valley alive with the clack of jackdaws. The Economist, "Ikejime: a humane way to kill fish that makes them tastier," 4 Oct. 2019 Thatched cottages line a lush ravine that winds up a valley alive with the clack of jackdaws. 1843, "Ikejime: a humane way to kill fish that makes them tastier," 26 Sep. 2019 For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. Katherine Roth, Twin Cities, "Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return," 14 July 2019 This was a rarity, because since the latter years of the last century American railroads typically have had smoother welded rail, and the clickety-clack was emblematic of the Southwest Chief’s problems. Karl Zimmermann, Los Angeles Times, "Amtrak’s Southwest Chief lives to ride the rails another day," 2 Sep. 2019 For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. Katherine Roth, Twin Cities, "Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of clack

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for clack

Verb

Middle English, of imitative origin

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

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Last Updated

26 Nov 2019

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“Clack.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clack. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for clack

clack

verb
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

clack

verb
\ 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

clack

noun

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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