- 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
Examples from the Web for crackers
The Girl Scouts uses palm oil to make its cookies, as do manufacturers of ice cream, crackers, packaged breads, and margarine.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees
July 11, 2014
For people like Nancy Caracciolo, eating simple foods like toast or crackers is a serious health risk.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
Thankfully, some crackers are made of more promising ingredients.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
April 12, 2014
The peanut butter went into jars of peanut butter, crackers, cookies, and ice cream, among other products.Be Afraid of Your Food: An Epidemiologist’s Sensible Advice
March 16, 2013
He found a manager who was buying a package of Goldfish crackers and pulled the pellet gun on him.Should Juvenile Criminals Be Sentenced Like Adults?
November 26, 2012
We then heard two, three, and four crackers bursting under our wheels.My Double Life
Sunny followed them with the molasses and a handful of crackers.The Twins of Suffering Creek
These sandwiches are better made from crackers than from bread.Sandwiches
Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
He produced a package of crackers; next a can of coffee, next some sugar.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Two packs of crackers gone, at six and a quarter cents a pack.
- (postpositive) British a slang word for insane
- 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
Word Origin and History for crackers
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]