[ krak-er-jak ]
/ ˈkræk ərˌdʒæk /
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a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.
of marked ability; exceptionally fine.
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Origin of crackerjack
1890–95, Americanism; earlier crackajack, rhyming compound based on crack (adjective); -a- as in blackamoor; jack1 in sense “fellow, buddy”
Other definitions for crackerjack (2 of 2)
a confection of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.
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How to use crackerjack in a sentence
Well, it's a regular Jim-dandy cracker-jack—some swell clump, eh?The Definite Object|Jeffery Farnol
You fellows put up a cracker-jack game, and I think you are an honor to the old college.Bert Wilson's Fadeaway Ball|J. W. Duffield
I havent forgotten what a cracker jack write-up you did of the Journal team victory over the Star, smiled the editor.Joan of the Journal|Helen Diehl Olds
There came a day, or rather an evening, when the discarded husband rose up and called himself a “Cracker-Jack.”The Gay Gnani of Gingalee|Florence Huntley
Oh, I don't care how much it costs, so it's a cracker jack of a house.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for crackerjack
/ (ˈkrækəˌdʒæk) informal /
a person or thing of exceptional quality or ability
Word Origin for crackerjack
C20: changed from crack (first-class) + jack 1 (man)
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