- a thin, crisp biscuit.
- a firecracker.
- Also called cracker bonbon. a small paper roll used as a party favor, that usually contains candy, trinkets, etc., and that pops when pulled sharply at one or both ends.
- (initial capital letter) Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a native or inhabitant of Georgia or Florida (used as a nickname).
- Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person in the South, especially a poor white living in some rural parts of the southeastern U.S.
- Slang. black hat(def 2).
- snapper(def 5).
- braggart; boaster.
- a person or thing that cracks.
- a chemical reactor used for cracking.Compare catalytic cracking, fractionator.
- crackers, Informal. wild; crazy: They went crackers over the new styles.
Origin of cracker
- to break without complete separation of parts; become fissured: The plate cracked when I dropped it, but it was still usable.
- to break with a sudden, sharp sound: The branch cracked under the weight of the snow.
- to make a sudden, sharp sound in or as if in breaking; snap: The whip cracked.
- (of the voice) to break abruptly and discordantly, especially into an upper register, as because of weariness or emotion.
- to fail; give way: His confidence cracked under the strain.
- to succumb or break down, especially under severe psychological pressure, torture, or the like: They questioned him steadily for 24 hours before he finally cracked.
- Chemistry. to decompose as a result of being subjected to heat.
- Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to brag; boast.
- Chiefly Scot. to chat; gossip.
- to cause to make a sudden sharp sound: The driver cracked the whip.
- to break without complete separation of parts; break into fissures.
- to break with a sudden, sharp sound: to crack walnuts.
- to strike and thereby make a sharp noise: The boxer cracked his opponent on the jaw.
- to induce or cause to be stricken with sorrow or emotion; affect deeply.
- to utter or tell: to crack jokes.
- to cause to make a cracking sound: to crack one's knuckles.
- to damage, weaken, etc.: The new evidence against him cracked his composure.
- to make mentally unsound.
- to make (the voice) harsh or unmanageable.
- to solve; decipher: to crack a murder case.
- Informal. to break into (a safe, vault, etc.).
- Chemistry. to subject to the process of cracking, as in the distillation of petroleum.
- Informal. to open and drink (a bottle of wine, liquor, beer, etc.).
- a break without complete separation of parts; fissure.
- a slight opening, as between boards in a floor or wall, or between a door and its doorpost.
- a sudden, sharp noise, as of something breaking.
- the snap of or as of a whip.
- a resounding blow: He received a terrific crack on the head when the branch fell.
- Informal. a witty or cutting remark; wisecrack.
- a break or change in the flow or tone of the voice.
- Informal. opportunity; chance; try: Give him first crack at the new job.
- a flaw or defect.
- Also called rock. Slang. pellet-size pieces of highly purified cocaine, prepared with other ingredients for smoking, and known to be especially potent and addicting.
- Masonry. check1(def 41).
- a mental defect or deficiency.
- a shot, as with a rifle: At the first crack, the deer fell.
- a moment; instant: He was on his feet again in a crack.
- Slang. a burglary, especially an instance of housebreaking.
- Chiefly British. a person or thing that excels in some respect.
- Slang: Vulgar. the vulva.
- Chiefly Scot. conversation; chat.
- British Dialect. boasting; braggadocio.
- Archaic. a burglar.
- first-rate; excellent: a crack shot.
- with a cracking sound.
- crack down, to take severe or stern measures, especially in enforcing obedience to laws or regulations: The police are starting to crack down on local drug dealers.
- crack off, to cause (a piece of hot glass) to fall from a blowpipe or punty.
- crack on, Nautical.
- (of a sailing vessel) to sail in high winds under sails that would normally be furled.
- (of a power vessel) to advance at full speed in heavy weather.
- crack up, Informal.
- to suffer a mental or emotional breakdown.
- to crash, as in an automobile or airplane: He skidded into the telephone pole and cracked up.
- to wreck an automobile, airplane, or other vehicle.
- to laugh or to cause to laugh unrestrainedly: That story about the revolving door really cracked me up. Ed cracked up, too, when he heard it.
- crack a book, Informal. to open a book in order to study or read: He hardly ever cracked a book.
- crack a smile, Informal. to smile.
- crack wise, Slang. to wisecrack: We tried to be serious, but he was always cracking wise.
- fall through the cracks, to be overlooked, missed, or neglected: In any inspection process some defective materials will fall through the cracks.Also slip between the cracks.
- get cracking, Informal.
- to begin moving or working; start: Let's get cracking on these dirty dishes!
- to work or move more quickly.
Origin of crack
Examples from the Web for cracker
David Lowery of Camper von Beethoven and Cracker made this case in a viral post from 2012.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
Producers often tend to equate harder-hitting crime stories with a city setting – from Cracker and Prime Suspect to Luther.British Crime Dramas Explore the Dark Side of Small Town Life
September 13, 2013
Terry was headed to a Cracker Barrel to “think” when a car cut her off.How Difficult Russian Adoptions Were, Even Before Vladimir Putin’s Crackdown
December 31, 2012
In another short, the actress had to act like she was eating a doll head with a safety pin through it on a cracker.The Year's Most Explosive Film
August 5, 2011
"Then wish for them, and fire off this," said Humpty Dumpty, handing her a cracker.
Here is a little toy (cracker) that you may have seen before (Fig. 23).The Story of a Tinder-box
Charles Meymott Tidy
He paused and swaggered a little on the precarious support of his cracker box.Hidden Water
Since then, however, the cracker has undergone a gradual development.Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
Father let me have a cracker just now, and it's got a whistle inside it.For the Sake of the School
- a decorated cardboard tube that emits a bang when pulled apart, releasing a toy, a joke, or a paper hat
- short for firecracker
- a thin crisp biscuit, usually unsweetened
- a person or thing that cracks
- US another word for poor White offensive
- British slang a thing or person of notable qualities or abilities
- not worth a cracker Australian and NZ informal worthless; useless
- to break or cause to break without complete separation of the partsthe vase was cracked but unbroken
- to break or cause to break with a sudden sharp sound; snapto crack a nut
- to make or cause to make a sudden sharp soundto crack a whip
- to cause (the voice) to change tone or become harsh or (of the voice) to change tone, esp to a higher register; break
- informal to fail or cause to fail
- to yield or cause to yieldto crack under torture
- (tr) to hit with a forceful or resounding blow
- (tr) to break into or force opento crack a safe
- (tr) to solve or decipher (a code, problem, etc)
- (tr) informal to tell (a joke, etc)
- to break (a molecule) into smaller molecules or radicals by the action of heat, as in the distillation of petroleum
- (tr) to open (esp a bottle) for drinkinglet's crack another bottle
- (intr) Scot and Northern English dialect to chat; gossip
- (tr) informal to achieve (esp in the phrase crack it)
- (tr) Australian informal to find or catchto crack a wave in surfing
- crack a smile informal to break into a smile
- crack hardy or crack hearty Australian and NZ informal to disguise one's discomfort, etc; put on a bold front
- crack the whip informal to assert one's authority, esp to put people under pressure to work harder
- a sudden sharp noise
- a break or fracture without complete separation of the two partsa crack in the window
- a narrow opening or fissure
- informal a resounding blow
- a physical or mental defect; flaw
- a moment or specific instantthe crack of day
- a broken or cracked tone of voice, as a boy's during puberty
- (often foll by at) informal an attempt; opportunity to tryhe had a crack at the problem
- slang a gibe; wisecrack; joke
- slang a person that excels
- Scot and Northern English dialect a talk; chat
- slang a processed form of cocaine hydrochloride used as a stimulant. It is highly addictive
- Also: craic informal, mainly Irish fun; informal entertainmentthe crack was great in here last night
- obsolete, slang a burglar or burglary
- crack of dawn
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
- a fair crack of the whip informal a fair chance or opportunity
- crack of doom doomsday; the end of the world; the Day of Judgment
- (prenominal) slang first-class; excellenta crack shot
Word Origin and History for cracker
mid-15c., "hard wafer," but the specific application to a thin, crisp biscuit is 1739; agent noun from crack (v.). Cracker-barrel (adj.) "emblematic of down-home ways and views" is from 1877.
Southern U.S. derogatory term for "poor, white trash" (1766), probably from mid-15c. crack "to boast" (e.g. not what it's cracked up to be), originally a Scottish word. Cf. Latin crepare "to rattle, crack, creak," with a secondary figurative sense of "boast of, prattle, make ado about."
I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode. [1766, G. Cochrane]
But DARE compares corn-cracker "poor white farmer" (1835, U.S. Midwest colloquial). Especially of Georgians by 1808, though often extended to residents of northern Florida. Another name in mid-19c. use was sand-hiller "poor white in Georgia or South Carolina."
Not very essentially different is the condition of a class of people living in the pine-barrens nearest the coast [of South Carolina], as described to me by a rice-planter. They seldom have any meat, he said, except they steal hogs, which belong to the planters, or their negroes, and their chief diet is rice and milk. "They are small, gaunt, and cadaverous, and their skin is just the color of the sand-hills they live on. They are quite incapable of applying themselves steadily to any labor, and their habits are very much like those of the old Indians." [Frederick Law Olmsted, "A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States," 1856]
"split, opening," 14c., from crack (v.). Meaning "try, attempt" first attested 1836, probably a hunting metaphor, from slang sense of "fire a gun." Meaning "rock cocaine" is first attested 1985. The superstition that it is bad luck to step on sidewalk cracks has been traced to c.1890. Adjectival meaning in "top-notch, superior" is slang from 1793 (e.g. a crack shot).
Idioms and Phrases with cracker
In addition to the idioms beginning with crack
- crack a book
- crack a bottle
- crack a joke
- crack a smile
- crack down
- cracked up
- crack of dawn
- crack the whip
- crack up