from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The harsh and startling sound produced when a clarinet is unskilfully blown or its reed is out of order.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • --- In English, this type of “canard”/“couac” is quite simply 'a wrong note '... with no duck involved!

    canard - French Word-A-Day

  • --- “Faire un canard”, in music = faire une fausse note, un son discordant, = faire “un couac”!

    canard - French Word-A-Day

  • The word "liberty" rolled like the bass-drum, "public interests" and "welfare of the State" clanged discordantly like the cymbals, and when the comedian spoke of his "patriotism" I almost heard the _couac_ of a clarionet.

    Ten Tales

  • I can't think of an English equivalent to “faire un canard” or “faire un couac”, (a bum note?

    canard - French Word-A-Day


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  • funnily enough, I have fond memories of producing this sound, back in the fifth grade.

    also: not listed?!

    May 15, 2013