claquer

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kla.ke/
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French claquer, from Old French claquer, clacquer (to clack, clap, clatter), from Middle Dutch klacken (to clack, crack, whack, shake), from Old Dutch *klakon, from Proto-Germanic *klakōną (to clap, chirp), from Proto-Indo-European *glag- (to make a noise, clatter, chirp).

Verb[edit]

claquer

  1. (intransitive) to clack (make a sharp sound)
  2. (of hands) to clap
    claquer des mains
    clap one's hands
    claquer les acrobates
    clap the acrobats
  3. (intransitive, of fingers) to click, to snap
    faire claquer ses doigts
    to click one's fingers
  4. (intransitive, of a whip) to crack
    faire claquer un fouet
    to crack a whip
  5. (intransitive, of a flag) to flap
  6. (intransitive, of teeth) to chatter
    • 1829, Victor Hugo, Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné
      Je me levai ; mes dents claquaient, mes mains tremblaient et ne savaient où trouver mes vêtements, mes jambes étaient faibles.
      I got up; my teeth were chattering, my hands shaking, not knowing where to find my clothes, my legs were weak,
  7. (intransitive, of gunshots) to rattle
  8. (intransitive, of shutters) to rattle
  9. (intransitive) to click (to make a click sound with the mouth)
  10. (transitive) to slap (hit with the hand)
  11. (transitive) to slam (a door)
    J'ai claqué la porte au nez de mon voisin.
    I slammed the door in my neighbour's face.
  12. (reflexive) to snap
    se claquer un muscle
    to snap a muscle
  13. (informal) to squander, to dissipate, to splurge
    • 2018 July 6, Elh Kmer (lyrics), “Bonaparte”, in Antidote:
      J’suis dans l'hood, j’bicrave de l’OG Kush et c’est normal
      500€, claqués dans mes souliers c'est normal
      I am in the hood, I slang the OG Kush and this is normal
      500€, blowed in my creps, this is normal
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Etymology 2[edit]

From claque

Verb[edit]

claquer

  1. to sole a shoe (clarification of this definition is needed)

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