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Cracker Jack

a confection of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.


[krak-er-jak] /ˈkræk ərˌdʒæk/ Informal.
a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.
of marked ability; exceptionally fine.
Also, crackajack.
Origin of crackerjack
1890-95, Americanism; earlier crackajack, rhyming compound based on crack (adj.); -a- as in blackamoor; jack1 in sense “chap, fellow” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Cracker Jack
Historical Examples
  • Oh, I don't care how much it costs, so it's a Cracker Jack of a house.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Shes a Cracker Jack; shes got the beautifullest hair yer ever saw.

    Letters of the Motor Girl Ethellyn Gardner
  • Pa is a Cracker Jack on golf; he has friends in New Jersey who are fine players.

    Letters of the Motor Girl Ethellyn Gardner
  • I havent forgotten what a Cracker Jack write-up you did of the Journal team victory over the Star, smiled the editor.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
British Dictionary definitions for Cracker Jack


a person or thing of exceptional quality or ability
Word Origin
C20: changed from crack (first-class) + jack1 (man)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for Cracker Jack



: He estimates that a crackerjack examiner working under optimum conditions would find 10 to 15 percent of his cases to be inconclusive/ I'm a crackerjack story teller


A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc: Signorelli is a crackerjack

[late 1880s+; origin uncertain; perhaps a fanciful extension of cracker in the mid-19th-century British sense ''something approaching perfection,'' which is also reflected in terms like crack shot, crack troops, etc, and based on an echoic expression of speed; hence also cracking; the term is reinforced in the US by late 19th-century trademark Cracker Jack for a popcorn and peanut confection]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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