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clicker (ˈklɪkə Pronunciation for clicker



  1. a person or thing that clicks
  2. (informal) a foreman in a shoe factory or printing works

click (klɪk Pronunciation for click



  1. a short light often metallic sound
    1. the locking member of a ratchet mechanism, such as a pawl or detent
    2. the movement of such a mechanism between successive locking positions
  2. (phonetics) any of various stop consonants, found in Khoisan and as borrowings in southern Bantu languages, that are produced by the suction of air into the mouth
  3. (US & Canadian, slang) a kilometre
  4. (computing) an act of pressing and releasing a button on a mouse


  1. to make or cause to make a clicking sound   ⇒ to click one's heels
  2. (usually followed by on) (computing) to press and release (a button on a mouse) or to select (a particular function) by pressing and releasing a button on a mouse
  3. (intransitive) (slang) to be a great success   ⇒ that idea really clicked
  4. (intransitive) (informal) to become suddenly clear   ⇒ it finally clicked when her name was mentioned
  5. (intransitive) (slang) to go or fit together with ease   ⇒ they clicked from their first meeting

Derived Forms

ˈclicker noun

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin

Example Sentences Including 'clicker'

But instead of clobbering the clicker on the head with a brick the nun befriended the woman and grew to understand her.
The Australian (2004)
He adapted manfully to the challenges of the hand-held clicker.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Often, I couldn't remember the usual word for an object, but would improvise, saying ` clicker ' for `indicator' or `kettle' for `cat'.
Gwyneth Lewis SUNBATHING IN THE RAIN (2002)
The shoe clicker ; Someone's got to do it...; Front; Interview; Martin Watts
Times, Sunday Times (2001)


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