clicket

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

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

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.