Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sharp hollow sound, as of a horse's hoof striking pavement.
  • intransitive v. To make or move with this sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sound of a horse's shod hoof striking the ground.
  • v. To make this sound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface
  • v. make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The only sounds to be heard in his cavernous showroom-turned-theatre once the French communist party HQ, was the clip-clop of high heels on the PVC catwalk, and the calm, studied voice of the "announcer" who introduced each design by number, together with a detailed description of the silhouette and materials, in French, and then in English.

    PHOTOS: Can-Can On The Catwalk At Gaultier

  • In the silky afternoon air we clop along past Spanish-style pastel-hued houses, under palms and pepper trees, by clumps of old men with leathery skin stretched tight over high, sharp bones, alongside energetic murals, beneath baroque cathedrals with big cedar doors, and beside shops flogging crocodile boots and Cuban cigars.

    Richard Bangs: Nic' of Time

  • And another noise, like a footstep clop, footstep clop.

    Times Squared

  • Including the famous whinny, snort, farting and clip-clop.

    Quick crossword No 12,710

  • On the outskirts of Cairo is Giza, where I hire a camel and clop to see the great pyramids in the soft coral flush of dawn.

    Richard Bangs: Quest for the Lord of the Nile, Part II

  • We went outdoors and stepped into a horse-drawn sleigh, to clop through a winter wood in 19th Century New England.

    Mandala « A Fly in Amber

  • Samar is a dynamic lady - dramatic arm gestures, twinkly eyes, a cigarette-induced gravelly voice you can hear down the hallway along with the clip-clop of her heels on the marble floor.

    Sharmine Narwani: The Day US Jewish Groups Went Too Far With the Word "Terrorist"

  •  When I was a little girl, I would sometimes slip on my mother's high heels — enormous, they seemed to me then — and clop around the kitchen tile floor.

    Dancing Shoes

  • They clip clop toward the cellar door over to the coat closet and back into the living room.

    Night Visitor

  • It is me, the wonderful Cosimo de 'Stork, who is about to clop and clip his way along the wide nest lanes of the nest, and for who knows what reason, except that I must begin at last to clop and clip in the nest.

    The Nest

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