from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lock with a clicket.
  • noun Anything that makes a rattling noise; especially, a contrivance used in knocking or calling for admission, as a pin with a ratchet, or a knocker.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun An instrument making a clapping noise, used by beggars to attract attention. See clack-dish.
  • noun plural Flat rattling bones for boys to play with.
  • noun A latch-key.
  • noun The latch or lock of a door.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. The knocker of a door.
  • noun engraving A latch key.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To be in oestrus; to copulate.
  • noun UK, dialect The knocker of a door.
  • noun UK, dialect A latchkey.


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Old French cliquet the latch of a door. See click.


  • I was ready to throw the clicket through the screen.

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  • And every day, when the convent of this abbey hath eaten, the almoner let bear the relief to the garden, and he smiteth on the garden gate with a clicket of silver that he holdeth in his hand; and anon all the beasts of the hill and of diverse places of the garden come out a

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  • And when they have eaten, the monk smiteth eftsoons on the garden gate with the clicket, and then anon all the beasts return again to their places that they come from.

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  • Whose diminutiue is clicket, vsed of Chaucer for a key.

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  • Only then the middle stops soft, and if you get in a hurry it spoils the clicket. "

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  • That must have aged me right away, clicket clacking around the sound stage. "



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  • Used as a verb in "That Faire Field of Enna" by Guy Davenport. Seems to be in the sense of being in heat (especially for foxes, hares)

    January 19, 2010