- cracked heel,
- cracked heels,
- cracked up,
- cracked wheat,
Origin of cracked
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.
Origin of crack
Examples from the Web for cracked
Turing conceived and built a computer, the forerunner of all digital computations, that cracked the code.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Working with him, too, he cracked up a couple of times with what I was doing in the scene-work.How Carrie Preston Became The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer|Kevin Fallon|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inserting my key into the lock, I had just cracked the door open when a face appeared in the window.
Talks are deadlocked and the government has cracked down violently on the demonstrators.Obama’s ‘Yemen Model’ for the War on ISIS Is a Wreck|Shuaib Almosawa|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cruz cracked jokes that had been borrowed from Jay Leno and boasted of all that conservatives had somehow achieved despite Obama.
Confused and feeling guilty, he stumbled over to it and answered the call in a cracked, sleepy voice.Beginners Luck|Emily Hahn
It did really seem as if it cracked, because her lips had been set in such a tight line.Jewel's Story Book|Clara Louise Burnham
The drought had not brought down the leaves nor cracked the surface.The New Gulliver and Other Stories|Barry Pain
Just then a little snarly headed boy came in with two pennies and a cracked plate, "to buy some butther."Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends|Fanny Fern
When they are cracked by end to end crackers, the shell and kernel drop free.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
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.
Old English cracian "make a sharp noise," from Proto-Germanic *krakojan (cf. Middle Dutch craken, Dutch kraken, German krachen), probably imitative. Related: Cracked; cracking. To crack a smile is from 1840s; to crack the whip in the figurative sense is from 1940s.
"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)