clicket

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

VerbEdit

clicket (third-person singular simple present clicket, present participle Commonwealth clicketting, US clicketing, simple past and past participle Commonwealth clicketted, US clicketed)

  1. (intransitive, of a fox or foxes) To be in oestrus; to copulate.
    The sound of the clicketting foxes was unmistakable.

Etymology 2Edit

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

NounEdit

clicket (plural clickets)

  1. (UK, dialect) The knocker of a door.
  2. (UK, dialect) A latchkey.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

• c. 1400. Geoffrey Chaucer. 'The Canterbury Tales'. The Merchant's Tale.

                He carried always the small silver clicket 
                With which, as pleased him, he'd unlock the gate.
Last modified on 19 January 2014, at 14:28