The clack of an old-fashioned typewriter.
Other Word Forms
Origin of clack
- Middle English clakken from Old Norse klaka of imitative origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English clacken, clakken, claken, from Old English *clacian ("to slap, clap, clack"; suggested by clacu (“din; harm, injury”)), from Proto-Germanic *klakōną (“to clap, chirp”), from Proto-Indo-European *glag- (“to make a noise, clap, twitter”), from Proto-Indo-European *gal- (“to roop, scream, shout”). Cognate with Scots clake, claik (“to utter cries", also "to bedaub, sully with a sticky substance”), Dutch klakken (“to clack, crack”), Low German klakken (“to slap on, daub”), Norwegian klakke (“to clack, strike, knock”), Icelandic klaka (“to twitter, chatter, wrangle, dispute”).