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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klok]
    • /klɒk/
    • /klɒk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klok]
    • /klɒk/

Definitions of clock word

  • countable noun clock A clock is an instrument, for example in a room or on the outside of a building, that shows what time of day it is. 3
  • countable noun clock A time clock in a factory or office is a device that is used to record the hours that people work. Each worker puts a special card into the device when they arrive and leave, and the times are recorded on the card. 3
  • countable noun clock In a car, the clock is the instrument that shows the speed of the car or the distance it has travelled. 3
  • verb clock To clock a particular time or speed in a race means to reach that time or speed. 3
  • verb clock If something or someone is clocked at a particular time or speed, their time or speed is measured at that level. 3
  • verb clock If you clock something, you notice or see it. 3

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Origin of clock

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English clok(ke) < Middle Dutch clocke bell, clock; akin to Old English clucge, Old High German glocka (German Glocke), Old Irish clocc bell; cf. cloak

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Parts of speech for Clock


clock popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clock usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clock

noun clock

  • alarm — Alarm is a feeling of fear or anxiety that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen.
  • timepiece — an apparatus for measuring and recording the progress of time; chronometer.
  • tattler — a person who tattles; telltale.
  • watch — to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed.
  • chronometer — A chronometer is an extremely accurate clock that is used especially by sailors at sea.

verb clock

  • ko — a knockout in boxing.
  • time — the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
  • brained — having a particular type of brain (used in combination): small-brained dinosaurs.
  • see — to perceive with the eyes; look at.

adjective clock

  • cuckoo — A cuckoo is a bird that has a call of two quick notes, and lays its eggs in other birds' nests.
  • clocker — a person who times racehorses during tryouts to determine their speed.

Top questions with clock

  • when do the clock go back?
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  • when does clock change?
  • when does the clock fall back?
  • what does o' clock stand for?
  • when do the clock go forward?
  • who invented the clock?
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  • when does clock fall back?
  • what does o clock stand for?

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