[ krop-er ]
/ ˈkrɒp ər /
DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Idioms for cropper
- to fail; be struck by some misfortune: His big deal came a cropper.
- to fall headlong, especially from a horse.
come a cropper, Informal.
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British Dictionary definitions for cropper
/ (ˈkrɒpə) /
a person who cultivates or harvests a crop
- a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
- a guillotine for cutting lengths of bar or strip
a machine for shearing the nap from cloth
a plant or breed of plant that will produce a certain kind of crop under specified conditionsa poor cropper on light land
(often capital) a variety of domestic pigeon with a puffed-out crop
come a cropper informal
- to fall heavily
- to fail completely
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012