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  1. a hard, brittle cake or biscuit.
  2. cracknels, small bits of fat pork fried crisp.
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Compare scrapple.

Origin of cracknel

1350–1400; Middle English crak(e)nele < Middle French *craquenelle, metathetic alteration of craquelin < Middle Dutch crākelinc, equivalent to crāke(n) to crack + -linc -ling1
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Examples from the Web for cracknel

Historical Examples

  • This is done to rid it of any bits of cracknel, etc., that may remain in the lard.

    Home Pork Making

    A. W. Fulton

  • A Cracknel is our gain, but the ditty must first (come) out.

  • The result—he lost by half a cracknel—was to cause him some temporary inconvenience, but he is now completely restored to health.

  • After being pressed the cracknels are worked into a dough with corn meal and together made into cracknel bread.

    Home Pork Making

    A. W. Fulton

  • "Yes, it's 'licious," agreed Joan, with her mouth full of cracknel biscuit.

    Two Little Travellers

    Frances Browne Arthur

British Dictionary definitions for cracknel


  1. a type of hard plain biscuit
  2. (often plural) US and Canadian crisply fried bits of fat pork
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Word Origin

C15: perhaps from Old French craquelin, from Middle Dutch krākelinc, from krāken to crack
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