- 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.
- to talk rapidly and continually or with sharpness and abruptness; chatter.
- to cluck or cackle.
- to utter by clacking.
- to cause to clack: He clacked the cup against the saucer.
- a clacking sound.
- something that clacks, as a rattle.
- rapid, continual talk; chatter.
Origin of clack
Related Words for clackprate, cackle, babble, cluck, rattle, gossip, yak, jaw, prattle, blab, chatter
Examples from the Web for clack
Contemporary Examples of clack
I need to get a head shot so he won't have a chance to clack himself off [blow himself up].Meet the Man Who Killed Bin Laden
February 11, 2013
A look at some of the craziest, funniest, and most bizarre moments with Click and Clack.
“A Kinder, Gentler IRS” Click and Clack were all over the place in the April 11, 1998, episode of Car Talk.
Historical Examples of clack
The bellow of the town batteries, with the clack—clack—clack!The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He hurried off, and in a moment the clack of bagatelle began again.The Island Pharisees
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
- to make or cause to make a sound like that of two pieces of wood hitting each other
- (intr) to jabber
- a less common word for cluck
- a short sharp sound
- a person or thing that produces this sound
- Also called: clack valve a simple nonreturn valve using either a hinged flap or a ball
Word Origin for clack
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.
mid-15c., from clack (v.).