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crackerjack

[krak-er-jak]Informal.
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noun
  1. a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.
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adjective
  1. 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”
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Related Words

adeptfineexpertsuperexcellentniftyskilledsplendid

Examples from the Web for crackerjack

Historical Examples

  • "You'd be a crackerjack to talk to the old ladies," Lessing generously praised him.

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin

  • "I am not aiming to be a crackerjack like you," grinned Dick.

    Walter and the Wireless

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Guess we deserve it, too, for we're on the way to bein' the crackerjack section of them all.

  • It makes a crackerjack market for me in the cattle business.

  • He was a connoisseur, for he had said that the picture was a crackerjack.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for crackerjack

crackerjack

adjective
  1. excellent
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noun
  1. a person or thing of exceptional quality or ability
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Word Origin

C20: changed from crack (first-class) + jack 1 (man)
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