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.

Origin of clop

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

Related Words for clopping

pound, stomp, clunk, plod, thump, thud, clomp, tromp, clonk

Examples from the Web for clopping

Historical Examples of 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


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