Share this entry

Share this page

clip-clop

Line breaks: clip-clop
Pronunciation: /ˈklɪpklɒp
 
/

Definition of clip-clop in English:

noun

[in singular]
The sound of a horse’s hoofs beating on a hard surface: the clip-clop of horseshoes ringing against the roadway
More 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.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
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.

Origin

late 19th century: imitative.

Words that rhyme with clip-clop

bellyflopmegaflop

Definition of clip-clop in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snɑːf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily