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
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 29, 2014
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
October 20, 2014
Inserting my key into the lock, I had just cracked the door open when a face appeared in the window.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
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
September 12, 2014
Cruz cracked jokes that had been borrowed from Jay Leno and boasted of all that conservatives had somehow achieved despite Obama.Rick Santorum Is Kinda Coming Back for 2016
August 12, 2014
Historical Examples of cracked
"That's it," he said, as he busied himself with a tall glass and the cracked ice.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It whirled, hummed in the air, and then cracked on the shoulders of Andrew.Way of the Lawless
As soon as the skins of the berries have cracked, add the sugar.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
A tin cup and a cracked pitcher of spring water stood on the window-sill.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Sometimes it was Mrs Verloc who would appear at the call of the cracked bell.The Secret Agent
- 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.
"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)