Meaning of click-clack in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklɪkˌklak/


(also clickety-clack)
  • A repeated clicking sound.

    ‘presentations are accompanied by the click-clack of keyboards’
    • ‘She was quite photogenic and looked like a neighbor who, when she walked, would make a click-clack sound with the heel of her shoes.’
    • ‘‘Okay, girls,’ I heard the click-clack of Marissa's shoes as she walked steadily over to us, holding the plastic bags, which contained our tour outfits.’
    • ‘As the familiar click-clack of her shoes hit his ears, Alex looked up to his mother and shovelled a folded fried egg into his mouth.’
    • ‘She bolted out of the room, her heels making a click-clack on the wood floor.’
    • ‘Inside the Weisman Art Museum, the click-clack of high heels reverberates throughout the hushed gallery's hallways.’
    • ‘We can take the click-clack better than that squeak.’
    • ‘Relena tried not to look suspicious as she heard the click-clack of footsteps heading towards her, and hoped that whoever it was would walk past.’
    • ‘The click-clack Casio soundtrack sounds hollow and soulless, like Depeche Mode played through a Fisher Price boom box.’
    • ‘The third track, ‘Incidental Backloth,’ begins with a repetitive throb somewhere between the click-clack of a train and the tick-tick of a wristwatch.’
    • ‘The sound effects are well done with the click-clack of the cars hitting the ground after doing a jump, and the weapon sounds are very appropriate.’
    • ‘The steady thrum of air-conditioning followed by the click-clack of the overhead fans raged together in a unique symphony.’
    • ‘I heard the click-clack of boots and someone pushed me over.’
    • ‘It wasn't the ominous click-clack of the dark figure however.’
    • ‘We can all hear the click-clack of the keyboard.’
    • ‘But when Hayley Turner has donned her pointed stilettos beneath trademark blue jeans, the horses no longer have a monopoly of the click-clack.’
    • ‘The other kids settled into the ride as the steady click-clack of the wheels accelerated again.’
    • ‘I flicked it on and could hear the familiar click-clack of Dad typing on his computer.’
    • ‘As the arguments drone on, we become aware - it almost seems unintentional - of the sound of an abacus, click-clack, click-clack.’
    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


(also clickety-clack)
no object, with adverbial of direction
  • Move with a repeated clicking sound.

    ‘a woman in high heels click-clacked past’
    • ‘the train clickety-clacked along the tracks’
    • ‘And he barked once and jumped down, his feet click-clacking on the floorboards, into the kitchen where he joyously slurped and slobbered, getting his muzzle soaking wet.’
    • ‘Looms click-clacked and we breathed the fat, warm, smell of wool.’
    • ‘A new herd of wildebeests click-clacked into the palace surround.’
    • ‘Its markets smelt of durian and its cafés click-clacked with the snap of mah-jong tiles.’
    • ‘Auntie looked up, squinted her eyes at the cap, mumbled ‘Uhhh ‘and kept right on click-clacking.’
    • ‘She sparked a quick, fake smile and click-clacked away.’
    • ‘She reached for him, but Asshat dodged her grasp, and click-clacked down the length of the counter to grab the paper towel roll again.’
    • ‘Kylie shrugged, still smiling, and started to cross the street, Natalie click-clacking in her heels behind her.’
    • ‘Roxy glared at me before walking out, click-clacking in her heels.’
    • ‘Trying my best not to make a lot of noise in my heels, I cautiously click-clacked down the hallway, pausing at my sister's open door.’
    • ‘Barron's heels click-clacked on the floor as she paced towards her desk, which was at the back of the classroom.’
    • ‘Henry's knitting needles click-clacked several times before she spoke.’
    • ‘I shall click-clack on my Emma Hopes down the basement stairs to the spa which is all grey, rectangular and stone, where I will spend a long and luxurious morning.’
    • ‘Both sets of mascots click-clack out of the tunnel holding their players by the hands and then line up.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there's no time for lampoonery as the teams and their mascots click-clack out of the tunnel and line up on either side of the match officials.’
    • ‘The teams click-clack out of the tunnel and line for their national anthems.’
    • ‘Instead he click-clacks his way back into the bedroom where my dad is sleeping’
    • ‘And I wondered at all those hours of patient click-clacking.’
    • ‘What a giant click-clacking stride that would be for the cause of equal rights on the track.’
    • ‘Sure enough, they could hear the harsh click-clacking of footsteps pounding toward the kitchen door.’
    • ‘With little fanfare, the intimate track click-clacks into the distance but its tender sentiment abides.’
    • ‘Over I go and Priscilla looks so pretty that I go back for my Instamatic and I take her picture, click-clack and click-clack on and on till I run out of film.’
    pitter-patter, tap, drum, clatter, beat, pound, rattle, throb, pulsate, rat-a-tat, go pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat, clack, click-clack, thrum