Definition of clack in US English:



  • 1Make or cause to make a sharp sound or series of such sounds as a result of a hard object striking another.

    no object ‘he heard the sound of her heels clacking across flagstones’
    with object ‘he clacked the castanets in fine syncopation’
    • ‘Her knitting needles clicked and clacked rhythmically as he pulled the wool from the ball.’
    • ‘He'd just clack and clack away at that keyboard.’
    • ‘The echo of foot steps on the hard wood floor clacked through the house.’
    • ‘With that, she turned on her pink heels and clacked her way out of the alley.’
    • ‘Her high heels clacked on the cement floor as she hurried to her car.’
    • ‘His boots clicked and clacked across the hard stone floor.’
    • ‘She spoke under her breath, clacked her tongue in her mouth like a lizard, fanned herself with a piece of paper drawn from her bag.’
    • ‘The demon clacked its long talons together, a scowl on its ugly face.’
    • ‘A grand dame made her entry, progressing to the front row, clacking her heels all the way.’
    • ‘The sound of DVD cases clacking together brought her back to the video store and she looked toward the sound to see Blake absently flipping through DVDs in a drawer.’
    • ‘Faith's white heels clacked on the pavement as they headed for the wide church double doors.’
    • ‘With a click of a sharp heel, Mrs. Watson clacked down a narrow sidewalk leading to a small brick building.’
    • ‘Her heels clacked on the cement in an almost professional manner as the doctor stepped towards the doors.’
    • ‘Tyler and Nannette's glasses clack together when they kiss for example, and the excuses they find to hang out with one another are both convincing and romantic.’
    • ‘The piper takes up his flute; someone else clacks maracas.’
    • ‘I like the way trees move in the wind, the sound their branches make as they clack together in the leafless winter.’
    • ‘Every visitor is given a pair of hardwood rhythm sticks which they clack together while circling four traditionally painted warriors.’
    • ‘Her blue satin heels clacked alarmingly in the empty hall, but she didn't care.’
    • ‘The teacher's pink high heels clicked and clacked as they made their way back to the front of the room.’
    • ‘My teeth began clacking together as soon as we went out into the night, as my warm, sluggish body adjusted to the change.’
    1. 1.1archaic no object Chatter loudly.
      ‘he will sit clacking for hours’
      chatter, babble, prate, blather, blether, ramble, gabble, jabber, twitter, go on, run on, rattle away, rattle on, blither, maunder, drivel, patter, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, yap, jibber-jabber, cackle
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  • 1A sharp sound or series of sounds.

    ‘the clack of her high heels’
    • ‘The fierce clack of tiles on table announces that a mah-jong game is under way in the village of Willow Grove.’
    • ‘He finished loading the gun and closed the cartridge with a clack.’
    • ‘He closed the oaken door behind them gently, trying to muffle the resounding clack as the lock caught in the latch with a hand.’
    • ‘And with a click and a clack, the chain was locked on both of his feet in mere seconds.’
    • ‘He put his tea down with a clack and stood abruptly.’
    • ‘The jar tipped over, and hundreds of wooden clacks could be heard as the pencils littered the ground.’
    • ‘He listened carefully as the footsteps moved into the next room - the clacks turning to taps as the man's boots touched the cold tiles of the kitchen.’
    • ‘After that you might as well drink to the peacefulness too, uninterrupted but for the clack of a distant tractor.’
    • ‘From downstairs, I heard the clack of the front door.’
    • ‘She sighed from behind him and he heard a small clack as she set her brush down.’
    • ‘There are scrapings on stones, the clack of sticks.’
    • ‘The marble floor makes an impressive clack when walked upon it, and all tones are rich and vibrant.’
    • ‘Chris could hear the soft clack of Mr. Marshall's shoes against the marble floor as he walked to get the doorbell.’
    • ‘Just then the front door slammed and the clack of shoes was heard on the wood floor.’
    • ‘She had no love for sewing, but sometimes enjoyed working at the loom and hearing its rhythmic clack.’
    • ‘They mark our passing with a reproachful squawk and a clack of their fishy bills.’
    • ‘Eventually he heard the soft clack of footsteps.’
    • ‘Unrolling it with a few clacks, he revealed the map's contents.’
    • ‘Sally heard a sharp clack as the dragon's jaws unhinged, and a blast of foul breath washed over them.’
    • ‘Forcefully working her knitting needles, Morgana uttered no reply, the clack of her needles the only sound in the room for several moments.’
    pitter-patter, tapping, pattering, drumming, drumbeat, clatter, beat, beating, tattoo, pounding, throb, pulsation, rat-a-tat, pit-a-pat, clack, click-clack, clacketing, thrum, thrumming
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    1. 1.1archaic Loud chatter.
      ‘her clack would go all day’
      chat, talk, gossip, chit-chat, chitter-chatter, patter, jabbering, jabber, prattling, prattle, babbling, babble, tittle-tattle, tattle, blathering, blather, blethering, blether, rambling, gibbering
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Middle English: imitative.