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Crak, Crake, n. Also: crakk-, crack. [ME. crak, crack (c 1300), also later crake, related to Crak v.]

1. A sudden sharp or loud noise as of something breaking or bursting; an explosive report or sound. (a) Gynis for crakkis had he nane, For in Scotland yeit than … The oys of thame had nocht beyn sene; Barb. xvii. 250.
Twa novelreis that day thai saw, … The tothir crakkis war of wer, That thai befor herd neuir eir; Ib. xix. 399.
Lattand a crak, that men mycht here; Wynt. viii. 3407.
Apon my fete I sprent, Amang the clewis so carefull was the crak; Dunb. G. Targe 243.
The ȝettis of hell ar brokin with a crak; Ib. xxxviii. 3.
Sum tyme it … stanys vpwarpys in the ayr … , with mony crak and rayr; Doug. iii. viii. 138.
Sa terribill blastis of thunnyr with sa horrible crakkis reirdit; Boece xii. xiii. 479 b.
I hard the cannons and gunnis mak mony hiddeus crak; Compl. 42/15.
Scho … baid fra bed vntill sho hard the crak, Quhilk was ane signe that hir gude lord was slane; 1567 Sat. P. iii. 71.
The … artaillȝe schott on ilk syde with ane terrabill sound … lyk into the crak of thoundar; Pitsc. II. 39/15.
It … gef sic ane gryt crack in the fyir, that thei belewit the hows suld hef fallin doun; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 112.
(b) Gynnys for crakys had he nane; Brus xvii. 250 (E).
Crakys … of wer; Ib. xix. 399.
The cludis can all to rare, As it had beine a crake of thunder fell; Clar. ii. 1128.
The air all rumblit with the crake of speiris; Ib. v. 2016.
Witht schutting of gouns lyk crakis of thunder; Pitsc. I. 366/2.

2. A breaking or fissure. Quhen the said gold & siluer has ony crak, flaw, or beis sovddit; 1489 Acts II. 222/1.
The sowme of twa hundreth merkis in gold … haill unsowdit, but crak or flaw; 1526 Reg. Panmure II. 304.
Thus hame, with mony crak & flaw, They passid every ane; Scott ii. 195.
A scheit of lead … more solide, less porie, and consequentlie more voyd of all craks, holls, or popill; 1635 Stirling Royal Lett. II. 819.

3. A loud boast, brag, or vaunt. (a) This to correct, thay schoir with mony crakkis; Dunb. xiv. 36.
That sall thow nocht, And all thy crackis sall be deir coft; Lynd. Sat. P.rocl. 80.
I ken him weill for all his boistis and crakkis; Ib. 137.
Fra hence furth … of trew taillis thow sall not mak ane crak; Rolland Seven S. 3414.
He suld seay Gif he culd lerne him to obey, For all his crackis; 1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 261.
The … uorde did spredde abrede belyue Of all youre crakkes & bargane that uas maide; James VI Lusus R. 17.
(b) Thai … wareis God of thar mail-es … With wowis, aithis, and crakis gret; Thewis Wysmen 454.
All gude wemen thay may defy thé, Of all thy crakis thay tak na cures; Rolland Seven S. Epil. 47.
Wald ȝe esteme thame be thair crakis, Thay wald be Cesaris in thair actis; Maitl. F. clxxviii. 105.

4. An outcry; a shout. He that dois all his best servyis May spill it all with crakkis [M. crakis] and cryis; Dunb. xv. 22.
The cadgyar callis furth his capill with crakkis [Sm. crakis] wail cant; Doug. viii. Prol. 42.

5. A talk or gossip. Thow hes vs baneist, thow hes vs fleit fra crakkis; 1570 Sat. P. xxxii. 59.

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"Crak n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jan 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/crak_n>



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