verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- (of a sailing vessel) to sail in high winds under sails that would normally be furled.
- (of a power vessel) to advance at full speed in heavy weather.
- to suffer a mental or emotional breakdown.
- to crash, as in an automobile or airplane: He skidded into the telephone pole and cracked up.
- to wreck an automobile, airplane, or other vehicle.
- to laugh or to cause to laugh unrestrainedly: That story about the revolving door really cracked me up. Ed cracked up, too, when he heard it.
- to begin moving or working; start: Let's get cracking on these dirty dishes!
- to work or move more quickly.
Origin of crack
Related Words for crackrift, fissure, chip, gap, split, fracture, breach, hole, chink, explosion, stroke, noise, shot, burst, chop, splinter, crash, injure, damage, pop
Examples from the Web for crack
Contemporary Examples of crack
“The crack baby myth is being recapitulated in terms of NAS,” Sunderlin said.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
Of course, nobody could have foreseen that the floor would begin to crack.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
The door opened a crack and for a second I was tempted to give in again.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
But his voice never seems to crack or weaken, and he's always in motion—jiggling, aerobic walking, jumping, dancing.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
Because they agree that Ty Burrell looks like Jon Hamm if Jon Hamm were a crack addict?The Latest "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets"
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 21, 2014
Historical Examples of crack
He could even look through a crack and see the faces of the strangers.Way of the Lawless
He opened the door an inch and I could see a chain between the crack.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Don't be alarmed; you can bear examination; I don't see a crack anywhere.The Greater Inclination
Now I have a great part of a mind to crack thy pate for thee.
And he gave the Tanner a crack that made him roar for all his coughing.
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
"split, opening," 14c., from crack (v.). Meaning "try, attempt" first attested 1836, probably a hunting metaphor, from slang sense of "fire a gun." Meaning "rock cocaine" is first attested 1985. The superstition that it is bad luck to step on sidewalk cracks has been traced to c.1890. Adjectival meaning in "top-notch, superior" is slang from 1793 (e.g. a crack shot).
In addition to the idioms beginning with crack
- crack a book
- crack a bottle
- crack a joke
- crack a smile
- crack down
- cracked up
- crack of dawn
- crack the whip
- crack up
- by jove (cracky)
- fall between the cracks
- get cracking
- hard nut to crack
- have a crack at
- make a crack
- not all it's cracked up to be
- paper over (the cracks)