Definition of crake in English:

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Pronunciation: /kreɪk/


1A bird of the rail family with a short bill, such as the corncrake.
  • Family Rallidae: several genera, in particular Porzana, and numerous species.
Example sentences
  • Like other crakes the corncrake was more prone than most to colliding with overhead wires.
  • Binoculars are supplied so you can view the black teal, swans, dabchicks, ducks and even the spotless crake or elusive bittern.
  • Looking over the balcony at Cassowary Lodge, Atwood watched rare red-necked crakes scratching about in the bushes.
1.1The rasping cry of the corncrake.


Middle English (originally denoting a crow or raven): from Old Norse kráka, krákr, of imitative origin.

Words that rhyme with crake

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