crackerjack

[ krak-er-jak ]
/ ˈkræk ərˌdʒæk /
Informal.

noun

a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.

adjective

of marked ability; exceptionally fine.

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Also crackajack.

Origin of crackerjack

1890–95, Americanism; earlier crackajack, rhyming compound based on crack (adjective); -a- as in blackamoor; jack1 in sense “fellow, buddy”

Definition for crackerjack (2 of 2)

Cracker Jack

Trademark.

a confection of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts.
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British Dictionary definitions for crackerjack

crackerjack
/ (ˈkrækəˌdʒæk) informal /

adjective

excellent

noun

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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