- to make a sudden, sharp sound, as by striking two hard substances together
- to talk fast, foolishly, etc.; chatter
- to cluck or cackle
Origin: Middle English clacken, probably ; from Old Norse klaka, to chatter; of echoic origin, originally
- a sudden, sharp sound
- a device that makes such sounds
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verb clacked, clack·ing, clacks verb, intransitive
- To make an abrupt, sharp sound, as in the collision of two hard surfaces.
- To chatter thoughtlessly or at length.
- To cackle or cluck, as a hen.
- A clacking sound: the clack of an old-fashioned typewriter.
- Something that makes a clacking sound.
- Thoughtless, prolonged talk; chatter.
Origin: Middle English clakken, from Old Norse klaka, of imitative origin.
- clackˈer noun