Good morning guys,

What does crickity mean? I was reading a basic English book for my little song and the phrase "crickity" showed up. I looked it up in the dictionary but could not find it. You can find this part of the book following this link.


  • We really need the full context for this! Could you give us the verse that crickity occurs in?
    – eijen
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 16:28
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    It is related to creak. It is often used as "old and crickity" to refer to old people with noisy joints when they move. Or a similar cracking noise of some object. Couldn't believe crickity isn't in regular dictionaries, though.
    – user3169
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 16:38
  • Thanks AlanCarmack; you were the closest one with your instructions about how to find this phrase. Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 16:47
  • Well, is the word you are asking about crickity (with an R) or clickity (with an L)? Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 17:47
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    "Crickety" is a proper word and can be found in unabridged dictionaries. User3169's comment is pretty much it.
    – JamieB
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 20:24

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Your question says we can find "this part of the book" in the link your provide. I don't find crickity, so I am answering about the word clickity, which is what I think you are referring to.

The opening line of the story includes the compound word clickity clack.

Splat's bike went clickity clack.

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The word is usually spelt 'clickety-clack'. But since the word refers to a sound, there are variations in spelling. Dictionary dot com provides this definition:

[the] rhythmic, swiftly paced succession of alternating clicks and clacks, as the sound produced by the wheels of a train moving over tracks

In the story, clickity clack refers to the sound of the bike's wheels as the bike goes over "the bumpy track." The word can also refer to the sound of one or more typewriters.

The word can be spelled different ways, including 'clickety clack' and 'clickity click'. All these are examples of onomatopoeia, or a word that sounds like what it means. A computer mouse button and the shutter of an SLR camera make a click when you press them. Other examples of words that sound like what they mean from the opening pages of the story include Splat, whack, smack and, later, quack.

Video of the story being read to a kid: Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack.

Another way to get a clickity click noise from bike wheels is to attach playing cards to the bike frame so that the spokes of the wheels hit the card. But this makes a much faster clickity noise then does the sound of the wheels on a bumpy track. For example, see this youtube video. This is not what is happening in the story, but it is something that kids do.

Hope this is helpful!

  • I had my answer about "crickety", not "crickity" posted before the link to the source appeared, and it became obvious that the PO doesn't care a bit about the spelling. You're a great, kind hearted person, Alan, I swear.
    – Victor B.
    Commented Jul 12, 2016 at 18:51

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