brattle vs clack what difference

what is difference between brattle and clack

English

Etymology

Apparently imitative, probably under influence of break + rattle.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹætəl/

Verb

brattle (third-person singular simple present brattles, present participle brattling, simple past and past participle brattled)

  1. (intransitive) To rattle; to make a scampering noise.
    • 1972, John Gardner, Grendel (London 1972, p. 6)
      Him too I hate, the same as I hate these brainless budding trees, these brattling birds.

Anagrams

  • Barlett, Bartelt, Brattel, Talbert, battler, blatter


English

Etymology

From Middle English clacken, clakken, claken, from Old English *clacian (to slap, clap, clack), from Proto-Germanic *klakōną (to clap, chirp). Cognate with Scots clake, claik (to utter cries”, also “to bedaub, sully with a sticky substance), Dutch klakken (to clack, crack), Low German klakken (to slap on, daub), Norwegian klakke (to clack, strike, knock), Icelandic klaka (to twitter, chatter, wrangle, dispute).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /klæk/

Noun

clack (plural clacks)

  1. An abrupt, sharp sound, especially one made by two hard objects colliding repetitively; a sound midway between a click and a clunk.
  2. Anything that causes a clacking noise, such as the clapper of a mill, or a clack valve.
  3. Chatter; prattle.
    • whose chief intent is to vaunt his spiritual clack
  4. (colloquial) The tongue.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

clack (third-person singular simple present clacks, present participle clacking, simple past and past participle clacked)

  1. (intransitive) To make a sudden, sharp noise, or succession of noises; to click.
  2. (transitive) To cause to make a sudden, sharp noise, or succession of noises; to click.
  3. To chatter or babble; to utter rapidly without consideration.
    • 1623, Owen Feltham, Resolves: Divine, Moral, Political
      There is a generation of men, whose unweighed custome makes them clack out any thing their heedleſs fancy ſprings
  4. (Britain) To cut the sheep’s mark off (wool), to make the wool weigh less and thus yield less duty.
  5. Dated form of cluck.
    • 1934, Gladys Bagg Taber, Late Climbs the Sun (page 30)
      Only the chickens clacked at the Saturday quiet and fat mouse-minded cats licked whiskers on the empty steps.
    • 1964, Frances Margaret Cheadle McGuire, Gardens of Italy (page 57)
      We drive on between meadows of mown grass, through a pergola of vines, and so to an orchard of peaches, apples, and pears and a hen colony housed in neat modern cottages, the chickens clacking and scratching away []

Translations

References

clack in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


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