\ 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 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, "17 Restaurants Where New Yorkers Can Make Up for Lost Time," 20 Apr. 2021 The keys once again make a joyful click and clack with each press. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "The best laptops of 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s a couple of things: one is the clickety-clack going up, with the safety locks. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "Mr. Cyclone Is Back in the Front Car," 9 Apr. 2021 The clack and whir of machinery is on full display in this space that feels like a factory, although the industrial edge is tempered by display cases loaded with colorful and scratch-baked Mexican pastries. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "The 5 best shops to buy tortillas in San Antonio along Blanco from Hildebrand to Castle Hills," 7 Apr. 2021 The soundtrack is usually just clickety-clack ambient sound; some videos supplement the images with a map or on-screen titles that provide information about the route and its landmarks. Washington Post, "Lose yourself in the hypnotic allure of YouTube’s ‘cab ride’ train-travel videos," 1 Apr. 2021 My favorite, so far, is the SoundCore Q30, a wonderfully comfy pair of ANC headphones that do a great job of cutting out droning sounds like the roar of a jet engine or the rhythmic clack of a train running over tracks. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Affordable Apollo Q10 Noise-Canceling Headphones With 100 Hours Battery Life," 5 Mar. 2021 Even during the pre-pandemic times, suneung proctors supervising the exams were banned from wearing perfume or high-heels, in case strong fragrances or the click-clack sound disturb students’ concentration. Washington Post, "South Korea’s university entrance exams were stressful enough. Then a pandemic arrived.," 2 Dec. 2020 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

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Clack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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