- the quality of being believable or worthy of respect, especially within a particular social, professional, or other group: If you wear this t-shirt, you’ll be earning geek cred. Both chefs have plenty of Southern cred.See also street cred.
Origin of cred
shortened form of credibility
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Examples from the Web for cred
Is there a fear that any form of popular embrace would damage the cred of ICP and the label?A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
Yet for all her cred as a femme serieux, Kennedy keeps in close touch with the naughty girl of her past.Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on Her Path From MTV to Fox Business
December 9, 2013
Bissinger of course has cred--the cred of having written Friday Night Lights, which is heavy cred indeed, I confess.In Which I Volunteer for Future College Football Debates
May 15, 2012
Remember when you had to flash a little peen in the movies to get some cred as a leading man (miss you, Harvey Keitel)?Trends That Need to End in 2010
December 29, 2009
I still have cred from doing that part, and it was ten years ago.The Funny Girl Next Door
March 26, 2009
Cred′ulousness; Creed, a summary of articles of religious belief, esp.
- slang short for credibility street cred
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Word Origin and History for cred
slang shortening of credibility, by 1992.
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