Definition of clip-clop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklipkläp/
(also clippety-clop)


[in singular]
The sound as of a horse’s hoofs beating on a hard surface.
Example sentences
  • For a moment the only sound was the clip-clop of hooves on the tarmac.
  • It was calm and peaceful; the only sound was the clip-clop of the horses' hooves and the chirping of the birds.
  • I smiled, looking at Brandon as he clapped his hands together making a clip-clop of horse's hooves.


[no object]
Move with a clip-clop: the horses clip-clopped slowly along the street
More example sentences
  • Carriages being pulled by horses clip-clopped along the coble streets and their masters whipped them to pick up the pace.
  • As the horses clip-clopped along, their riders sat relaxed, talking animatedly.
  • Last night there were 15 or 20 police on horses clip-clopping down my street at 11.30 p.m., keeping children and everyone else awake.


Late 19th century: imitative.

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Syllabification: clip-clop

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