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[krakt] /krækt/
a container full of cracked ice.
broken without separation of parts; fissured.
damaged; injured.
Informal. eccentric; mad; daffy:
a charming person, but a bit cracked.
broken in tone, as the voice.
cracked up to be, Informal. reported or reputed to be (usually used in the negative):
I hear the play is not what it's cracked up to be.
Origin of cracked
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, cracked is from the late Middle English word crachyd. See crack, -ed2
Related forms
uncracked, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • A plank had been broken, but ribs and timbers were uncracked.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • A promises to build a house for B and warrants the paint to stand untarnished and uncracked for one year.

  • She had descended to put into her place the person who demanded muffins and an uncracked teapot as though she had a right to both.

  • His implied threat struck as cold as the glacial air, and Ross tried to meet it with an outward show of uncracked defenses.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • With a force that almost wrenched his arms from their sockets, the bar rebounded from the glass bell, leaving it uncracked.

  • She bustled about, searching her meager stock of chinaware for uncracked bowls.

  • On the right, an uncracked block of stone rose up sheer to an incalculable height, and forefended any attack from that quarter.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
  • Cracked or half-cracked is this tall Marquis's head; uncracked are his lungs; the cracked and the uncracked shall alike avail him.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • The straps that fastened them up were unfrayed, and the fixtures that held them down were uncracked.

    All Around the Moon Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for uncracked


damaged by cracking
(informal) crazy
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Word Origin and History for uncracked



mid-15c., past participle adjective from crack (v). Meaning "mentally unsound" is 17c. (cf. crack-brain "crazy fellow"). The equivalent Greek word was used in this sense by Aristophanes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for uncracked



Crazy; eccentric: You're cracked if you think I'll stay now (1692+)

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get one's nuts

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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