Main definitions of crick-crack in English

: crick-crack1crick-crack2

crick-crack1

(also cric-crac)

Pronunciation /ˈkrɪkˌkrak/

noun

  • A repeated sharp cracking sound.

exclamation

  • Representing a repeated sharp cracking sound.

adverb

  • With a sharp, cracking sound.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Maydes Metamorphosis. Apparently a reduplication (with vowel variation) of crack, perhaps with imitative motivation, the higher vowel being intended to convey a sharper cracking sound; compare crick, and also crickle-crackle, crickling, crickle.

Main definitions of crick-crack in English

: crick-crack1crick-crack2

crick-crack2

Pronunciation /ˈkrɪkˌkrak/

verb

rare
  • no object To emit a repeated sharp cracking sound.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in American Whig Review. From crick-crack.