Definition of clop in English:


nounPlural clops

  • A sound or series of sounds made by a horse's hoofs on a hard surface.

    ‘the plodding clop of patient draught horses’
    • ‘There was only the heavy breathing of both men, and the clop, clop of Dragon's hooves.’
    • ‘‘I will,’ she said softly, though she wasn't sure if he heard her over the clop of his horse's hooves.’
    • ‘Behind him, Hank could hear the hollow clop of tiny hooves approaching.’
    • ‘He was still wearing his shoes, which made obvious clips and clops on the stone-tiled road, while his creator was barefoot.’
    • ‘He was startled suddenly out of his deep thoughts by the clop of hooves.’
    • ‘Every clop of her horse's hooves seemed to echo through the vast, empty space of the village.’
    • ‘There was a clop of hooves against the marble floor, and in walked Unie.’
    • ‘The only sounds Gitty could hear were the clops of Nestle's hooves, galloping down the empty road.’
    • ‘She healed her own head and began to remove his bandages as she heard the clop and scrape of hooves and talons.’
    • ‘Hoof beats sounded up ahead and the two recognized the heavy clop of unicorn hooves.’
    • ‘As she sat in the Sallacks's carriage minutes later, listening to the clop of hooves, she thought back over the night's events.’
    • ‘Buggies and omnibuses swarmed the street, filling it with the clop of hooves and creak of wheels and thick, sharp smell of dung.’
    • ‘He heard the ruffle of feathers and the clop of hooves behind him.’
    • ‘Beside him he could hear the thundering clop of Chubb's hooves; the rumbling roar of the buggy to his rear.’
    • ‘I could hear the clop, clop, clop of their hooves on the floor in the hallway.’
    • ‘The clop of their hooves and the jingle of the harness was rhythmic, almost soothing.’
    • ‘Except for the clop of the horses' hooves on the hard-packed dirt road and the sound of the wind in the fields, all was silent.’
    • ‘He could walk around in his mind, but every step he took, he noticed that there was a magnified clop that followed.’
    • ‘They kept riding, the clop of the hooves and hum of the city giving her a safer feeling.’
    • ‘If you stand quietly and let your imagination run away, you can hear the creak of carts, the clop of hooves on the cobbles, and the voices of animals and people.’

verbclopped, clopping, clops

  • no object, with adverbial of direction (of a horse) move with a clop.

    ‘the animal clopped on at a steady pace’
    • ‘She tossed her head and slowed as Mische clopped up to halt beside her.’
    • ‘A pack of horses were storming away, their hooves clopping on the cobblestone, waking Kalarae.’
    • ‘Brett followed along behind me, his large skater shoes clopping against the shiny floors.’
    • ‘Her heavy footsteps clopped off into the distance and the room was silent.’
    • ‘Now, I'm walking the path into the gym, my heavy shoes clopping on the pavement.’
    • ‘His sandals clopped on the tile as he approached a small table underneath a wide umbrella and set his tray on it with a smile.’
    • ‘Dafyd nearly relaxed but then heard a horse's hooves clopping towards him.’
    • ‘His footsteps echoed through the hall, clopping on the cedar wood floor.’
    • ‘She clopped over in her loafer shoes, opened the screen door, and stepped out into the dusk.’
    • ‘Morgan and Leana, after hearing the rubber soles of Brian's shoes clopping, stopped mid-kiss.’
    • ‘Another train of sighing, blowing horses came clopping up towards us, laden with empty US Mail boxes.’
    • ‘We could hear his footsteps clopping up the stairs and echoing down the upstairs hall.’
    • ‘Like the trusty steed that he was, Blackgale clopped down the road, and before too long, she was at the gates of Zetapol.’
    • ‘Her heels clopped dreadfully on the stone floor, so she whispered a silent word, rolling her eyes, and they made no more noise.’
    • ‘The dark caverns flew by her as her shoes clopped behind her.’
    • ‘There came presently the sound of bare feet again, and then a different sound altogether, leather boots clopping onto stone.’
    • ‘The human walked through his door and closed it, leaving a rhythm of shoes clopping on down the hallway as he went.’
    • ‘Then they heard horse feet clopping on pavement.’
    • ‘Hundreds of feet clopped against the cobblestones of the road, adding the gentle clip-clop to the swelling voices.’
    • ‘His horse clopped wildly away from him, but he was no longer moving with it.’


Mid 19th century: imitative.