DSL - DOST Crak, Crake, v. Also: crakk-, crack. [ME. crak(ke and crake, OE. cracian. Cf. [CRAIK] v.2]
1. tr. To snap in two or in pieces; to break. Chiefly fig., to break (faith or credit).
Wytht a rug thai rapys all He crakyde [C. crakkit] in to pecys smalle; Wynt. iii. 368. Nochtwithstanding the said statut thai refuse to tak gold that is crakkit; 1491 Acts II. 226/1. Gif sum verse haltis, or ony cullouris crakit, ... tak out ane pen and blek thame; Rolland Seven S. Epil. 23. Fra credite I crakit, kyndnes brak ray; 1567 Sat. P. iv. 42. Except thay crak thair credence to the croun; 1573 Ib. xxx1x. 19. In exprobatione ... of him quha crakit his creddence; Dalr. I. 101/24. Ib. 285/17.
2. intr. To break with a snap or sharp sound.
Our crevist cabillis all at a cast will crak; Contempl. Sinn. 221. Thai leit him fall doune with ane swak, Quhill cors and corps and all did crak; Dunb. lxxii. 77. Thocht clay muggis crakkis; Doug. viii. Prol. 95. The semys crakkis, the watir byssyt and sang; Ib. ix. ii. 96. The scheildis crakit and in schunder clawe; Stewart 34181. Make all your crags to crake, And shiver when you sing, alas! for Gall; Adamson Muses Thren. 18. Mine heart strings crake; Ib. 42.
3. To make a sharp or loud report.
The low ... Blesand and crakand with a nyce reuery; Doug. X. vii. 117. All hir cannounis scho let crak at anis; Lynd. Dreme (1592) 1023. Than in haist ane culuering thay leit crak; 1567 Sat. P. iii. 66. Lyk ... boustius bombards, quhan thay keinlie crak; J. Stewart 14/66. Craks cannons louder, thoght ane cok sould craw? James VI Ess. ii.
4. To talk loudly and boastfully; to boast, brag, or vaunt.
Sum bekkit, sum bingit, Sum crakkit, sum cringit; Colk. Sow i. 312. Thai ... pridefull tyrannis schrewitlie crakkit and bostit, avanting [etc.]; Boece xiv. ix. 558 b. Apollinaris ... crakis and waintis that he consentis [etc.]; Winet II. 37/6. Quhen thai begin ... to crak and brag of tha wordis; Ib. 65/22. Suppois e crak, e ly abak, And lybellis be the law; 1570 Sempill Sat. P. xii. 156. Leirne at Vousting crouslie for to crak ... His vindie vords vill thé redouttit mak; J. Stewart 231 § 127. e sell the beir skin on his back, Bot byde quhill e it get; Quhen e haue done, its tyme to crak; Montg. Ch. & Slae 653. That na man ... throuch vane glore began to crak hich gif he war in the first place sett; Dalr. I. 223/23.
b. To call out, to shout.
To crak and cry alway quhill he hir deve, That I command him straitlie; Doug. K. Hart 903.
5. tr. To say in talk; to utter loudly or boastingly.
With thaim self quhat thai wald tell or crak, Vmquhile sadly, vmquhile iangle or iak; Prestis of Peblis 19. Than gentill Iames began to crak greit wordis; Lynd. Justing 55. Sum mumlit Aueis, sum craknit [sic] Creidis; G. Ball. 174.
6. intr. To talk, converse, gossip.
Thir twa, of quhome befoir I spak, Of sindrie purpoisis did crak; 1573 Sat. P. xlii. 30. Quhan thay war at the denner crakand of mirrie matteris; Pitsc. I. 91/19. Ane claverand cohubie that crakis of the farie; Polwart Flyt. 637 (T). They tuik some curage, and begouth to crak; Montg. Navig. 201. Mr Andro eat, drank, and crakked merrelie; Melvill 144. Thes that crake behinde pillars ... in tyme of sermone to be censured; 1649 Rec. Old Aberd. II. 34. Thair ware some honest women craking togither on a tyme; 1665 Lauder Journal 127. And after thou has crackt so crouse, Thy mountains do bring forth a mouse; Colvil Whig's Suppl. ii. 48.