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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 clacked
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  • Much of his best and subtlest work has been clacked out on a typewriter standing on an upturned packing box.

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
  • He clacked his tongue in concern and bent over, touching Ed's wrist.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • He clacked a bony finger into an osseous palm and cried: "Four thousand and ninety-six!"

  • Santobono at one gulp emptied his glass and clacked his tongue.

  • Then he clacked his tongue, and the horse resumed its rapid gait.

    A Chambermaid's Diary Octave Mirbeau
  • She shook her cane at the tall man and clacked at him again.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • Sanders sat in the little telegraph office, and the Morse sounder rattled and clacked for half an hour.

  • The reins were tightened, Nikolaeff clacked his lips, and the wagon moved on at a trot.

    Sevastopol Lyof N. Tolsto
  • They clinked glasses with the Prussian, who clacked his tongue by way of flattery to show that he enjoyed it.

  • He bowed curtly, spun on his heel, and clacked from the room.

    Industrial Revolution Poul William Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for clacked

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 clacked

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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