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  1. a slight, sharp sound: At the click of the latch, the dog barked.
  2. a small device for preventing backward movement of a mechanism, as a detent or pawl.
  3. Phonetics. any one of a variety of ingressive, usually implosive, speech sounds, phonemic in some languages, produced by suction occlusion and plosive or affricative release.
  4. any one of a variety of familiar sounds used in calling or urging on horses or other animals, in expressing reprimand or sympathy, or produced in audible kissing.
  5. Computers. the act of rapidly depressing and releasing a button on a mouse or other input device, usually the left-hand button, as to select an icon.
verb (used without object)
  1. to emit or make a slight, sharp sound, or series of such sounds, as by the cocking of a pistol: The door clicked shut.
  2. Informal.
    1. to succeed; make a hit: If the play clicks, the producer will be rich.
    2. to fit together; function well together: They get along in public, but their personalities don't really click.
    3. to become intelligible.
  3. Computers. to rapidly depress and release one of the buttons on a mouse or other input device, usually the left-hand button: Just click on the link to get to the site.Compare right-click.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to click.
  2. to strike together with a click: He clicked his heels and saluted.
  3. Computers.
    1. to select (a screen object) by rapidly depressing and releasing one of the buttons on a mouse or other input device, usually the left-hand button: Click “OK” to continue .Compare right-click.
    2. to rapidly depress and release (a button on a mouse or other input device): Click the trackpad button once.

Origin of click

1575–85; perhaps imitative, but perhaps < Dutch klick (noun), klikken (v.)
Related formsclick·less, adjective



or klick, klik

noun Slang.
  1. a kilometer.

Origin of click

1970–75 or earlier; probably special use of click1, but sense development unclear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for click

snap, beat, bang, tick, clack, go, succeed, match

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British Dictionary definitions for click


  1. a short light often metallic sound
    1. the locking member of a ratchet mechanism, such as a pawl or detent
    2. the movement of such a mechanism between successive locking positions
  2. phonetics any of various stop consonants, found in Khoisan and as borrowings in southern Bantu languages, that are produced by the suction of air into the mouth
  3. US and Canadian slang a kilometre
  4. computing an act of pressing and releasing a button on a mouse
  1. to make or cause to make a clicking soundto click one's heels
  2. (usually foll by on) computing to press and release (a button on a mouse) or to select (a particular function) by pressing and releasing a button on a mouse
  3. (intr) slang to be a great successthat idea really clicked
  4. (intr) informal to become suddenly clearit finally clicked when her name was mentioned
  5. (intr) slang to go or fit together with easethey clicked from their first meeting
Derived Formsclicker, noun

Word Origin for click

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for click

1580s, of imitative origin (cf. Dutch and East Frisian klikken "to click; Old French clique "tick of a clock"). The figurative sense, in reference usually to persons, "hit it off at once, become friendly upon meeting" is from 1915, perhaps based on the sound of a key in a lock. Related: Clicked; clicking.


1610s, from click (v.). Click-beetle attested from 1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

click in Medicine


  1. A slight sharp sound, such as that heard from the heart during systole.
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