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clack

[klak] /klæk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a quick, sharp sound, or a succession of such sounds, as by striking or cracking:
The loom clacked busily under her expert hands.
2.
to talk rapidly and continually or with sharpness and abruptness; chatter.
3.
to cluck or cackle.
verb (used with object)
4.
to utter by clacking.
5.
to cause to clack:
He clacked the cup against the saucer.
noun
6.
a clacking sound.
7.
something that clacks, as a rattle.
8.
rapid, continual talk; chatter.
Origin of clack
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English clacken; imitative
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Examples from the Web for clack
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  • The bellow of the town batteries, with the clackclackclack!

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • He hurried off, and in a moment the clack of bagatelle began again.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • The div-i-dend on Steelwhirrwhirrclack, clack, clackone per cent.

  • What a buzz and clack and chatter there was in the room to be sure!

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The quick clack, clack, clatter when springing up in fear of capture.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • With every step the sandals go click, clack, up and down, at the heels.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • Only yesterday he had not heard of our existence, and then—clack!

British Dictionary definitions for clack

clack

/klæk/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a sound like that of two pieces of wood hitting each other
2.
(intransitive) to jabber
3.
a less common word for cluck
noun
4.
a short sharp sound
5.
a person or thing that produces this sound
6.
chatter
7.
Also called clack valve. a simple nonreturn valve using either a hinged flap or a ball
Word Origin
C13: probably from Old Norse klaka to twitter, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for clack
v.

mid-13c., not in Old English, from Old Norse klaka "to chatter," of echoic origin; cf. Dutch klakken "to clack, crack," Old High German kleken, French claquer "to clap, crack (see claque). Related: Clacked; clacking.

n.

mid-15c., from clack (v.).

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