Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • noun onomatopoeia The sound of a horse's shod hoof striking the ground.
  • verb To make this sound.

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

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

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Onomatopoeic

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Times Squared

  • 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

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