a hard, brittle cake or biscuit.
cracknels, small bits of fat pork fried crisp.
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for cracknel
Historical Examples of cracknel
This is done to rid it of any bits of cracknel, etc., that may remain in the lard.
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.
"Yes, it's 'licious," agreed Joan, with her mouth full of cracknel biscuit.
British Dictionary definitions for cracknel
a type of hard plain biscuit
(often plural) US and Canadian crisply fried bits of fat pork
Word Origin for cracknel
C15: perhaps from Old French craquelin, from Middle Dutch krākelinc, from krāken to crack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012