clicket

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

clicket ‎(third-person singular simple present clickets, 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. (Britain, dialect) The knocker of a door.
  2. (Britain, dialect) A latchkey.
    • c. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: The Merchant's Tale (modern translation)
      He carried always the small silver clicket
      With which, as pleased him, he'd unlock the gate.