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clickety-clack

Syllabification: click·e·ty-clack
Pronunciation: /ˌklikədēˈklak
 
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Definition of clickety-clack in English:

noun

A repeated clicking sound as of shoe heels on a hard surface.
Example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
Move with a repeated clicking sound: the train clickety-clacked along the tracks
More example sentences
  • But if you like clickety-clacking on a keyboard for a living, there isn't a carnival for you.
  • His deft command has them dancing delicately on the edge of chaos, clickety-clacking up a racket of rare beauty.
  • I hear the high heels of my mum go clickety-clack in the stoop and the booming voice of my father echoing through the house.

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