v. clacked, clack·ing, clacks
1. To make an abrupt, sharp sound, as in the collision of two hard surfaces.
2. To chatter thoughtlessly or at length.
3. To cackle or cluck, as a hen.
To cause to make an abrupt, sharp sound.
1. A clacking sound: the clack of an old-fashioned typewriter.
2. Something that makes a clacking sound.
3. Thoughtless, prolonged talk; chatter.
[Middle English clakken, from Old Norse klaka, of imitative origin.]
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