Origin of cracker
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
Examples from the Web for cracker
Contemporary Examples of cracker
David Lowery of Camper von Beethoven and Cracker made this case in a viral post from 2012.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
Producers often tend to equate harder-hitting crime stories with a city setting – from Cracker and Prime Suspect to Luther.British Crime Dramas Explore the Dark Side of Small Town Life
September 13, 2013
Terry was headed to a Cracker Barrel to “think” when a car cut her off.How Difficult Russian Adoptions Were, Even Before Vladimir Putin’s Crackdown
December 31, 2012
In another short, the actress had to act like she was eating a doll head with a safety pin through it on a cracker.The Year's Most Explosive Film
August 5, 2011
Historical Examples of cracker
"Then wish for them, and fire off this," said Humpty Dumpty, handing her a cracker.
Here is a little toy (cracker) that you may have seen before (Fig. 23).The Story of a Tinder-box
Charles Meymott Tidy
He paused and swaggered a little on the precarious support of his cracker box.Hidden Water
Since then, however, the cracker has undergone a gradual development.Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
Father let me have a cracker just now, and it's got a whistle inside it.For the Sake of the School
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
mid-15c., "hard wafer," but the specific application to a thin, crisp biscuit is 1739; agent noun from crack (v.). Cracker-barrel (adj.) "emblematic of down-home ways and views" is from 1877.
Southern U.S. derogatory term for "poor, white trash" (1766), probably from mid-15c. crack "to boast" (e.g. not what it's cracked up to be), originally a Scottish word. Cf. Latin crepare "to rattle, crack, creak," with a secondary figurative sense of "boast of, prattle, make ado about."
I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode. [1766, G. Cochrane]
But DARE compares corn-cracker "poor white farmer" (1835, U.S. Midwest colloquial). Especially of Georgians by 1808, though often extended to residents of northern Florida. Another name in mid-19c. use was sand-hiller "poor white in Georgia or South Carolina."
Not very essentially different is the condition of a class of people living in the pine-barrens nearest the coast [of South Carolina], as described to me by a rice-planter. They seldom have any meat, he said, except they steal hogs, which belong to the planters, or their negroes, and their chief diet is rice and milk. "They are small, gaunt, and cadaverous, and their skin is just the color of the sand-hills they live on. They are quite incapable of applying themselves steadily to any labor, and their habits are very much like those of the old Indians." [Frederick Law Olmsted, "A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States," 1856]
"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)