Origin of clip-clop

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clip-clop

Historical Examples of clip-clop

  • Suddenly the clip-clop, clip-clop of hoofs caused Duane to raise his head and listen.

  • Through the open window came the jingle, and the "clip-clop" and the hum.

  • In the distance my ear caught a familiar sound—the clip-clop of horses trotting.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

  • But it was late in the afternoon when the clip-clop of horses' hoofs rang out over the crater of the ranch.

    Polly and Eleanor

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

British Dictionary definitions for clip-clop



the sound made by a horse's hooves
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Word Origin and History for clip-clop

sound as of a horse's hooves, 1884, imitative.

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