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[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 (adjective); -a- as in blackamoor; jack1 in sense “fellow, buddy” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for crackerjack
Historical Examples
  • "You'd be a crackerjack to talk to the old ladies," Lessing generously praised him.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
  • "I am not aiming to be a crackerjack like you," grinned Dick.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • Guess we deserve it, too, for we're on the way to bein' the crackerjack section of them all.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • It makes a crackerjack market for me in the cattle business.

  • He was a connoisseur, for he had said that the picture was a crackerjack.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • How would it do for you fellows to get hold of a crackerjack pitcher for this game?

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Didn't we have a crackerjack team, the fastest that ever represented old Wayne?

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • He would read one and say: "Here's a crackerjack, Kit," and pass it to me.

    When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "And we expect this season will be a crackerjack, too," he continued.

    Potash & Perlmutter Montague Glass
  • You see, Bud Warner has a crackerjack car, and he asked Phil and me to dash out with him one afternoon.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
British Dictionary definitions for crackerjack


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 crackerjack



: 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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