[ klop ]
/ klɒp /


a sound made by or as if by a horse's hoof striking the ground.

verb (used without object), clopped, clop·ping.

to make or move with such a sound.


Nearby words

  1. clooney,
  2. cloot,
  3. clootie,
  4. cloots,
  5. clootz, anacharsis,
  6. clop-clop,
  7. cloque,
  8. cloquet,
  9. cloquet's hernia,
  10. cloqué

Origin of clop

First recorded in 1895–1900; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clopping

  • "Hasta la eternidad," it began, and the phrase ran through Raul's mind as the horses trotted, clopping over firm ground.

    When the Owl Cries|Paul Bartlett
  • They lurched to the highroad and awoke from their sun-soaked drowse at the sound of the clopping hoofs.

    Main Street|Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for clopping


/ (klɒp) /

verb clops, clopping or clopped

(intr) to make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground


a sound of this nature

Word Origin for clop

C20: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for clopping



1901, echoic of the sound of boots or hoofs on the ground. Related: Clopped; clopping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper