highly systematic, precise, and dependable: The mail carrier arrives at noon with clocklike regularity.

Origin of clocklike

First recorded in 1735–45; clock1 + -like Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clocklike

Historical Examples of clocklike

  • Under his directions, from the moment war was declared, everything worked with clocklike precision.

  • The guns of the American squadron roared with clocklike regularity, while the firing from the Spanish ships steadily decreased.

    American Men of Action

    Burton E. Stevenson

  • He took the instrument in his big hand and watched the clocklike face intently.

    Stand by for Mars!

    Carey Rockwell

  • Jamie ceased the clocklike motion of his body to and fro over the difficult lesson.


    Mary Johnston