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  1. a steep, rugged rock; rough, broken, projecting part of a rock.
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Origin of crag1

1275–1325; Middle English < British Celtic; akin to Welsh craig rock
Related formscrag·like, adjective


noun Scot. and North England.
  1. the neck, throat, or craw.
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Origin of crag2

1425–75; late Middle English cragge < Middle Dutch crage neck, throat; cognate with German Kragen collar; cf. craw
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Historical Examples

  • It was a dread of the abyss, the dread of the crags which seemed to nod upon me.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • In all directions were mountains, canyons, and crags in bewildering profusion.

    A Canyon Voyage

    Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

  • There are smooth patches, but it is broken up into crags and seracs.

    The Crystal Hunters

    George Manville Fenn

  • There is just a footpath between the crags and the pond, which is very deep on that side.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • And then two black figures were outlined on the crags beyond.

British Dictionary definitions for crags


  1. a formation of shelly sandstone in E England, deposited during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs
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  1. a steep rugged rock or peak
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Word Origin

C13: of Celtic origin; related to Old Welsh creik rock
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Word Origin and History for crags



early 14c.; as a place-name element attested from c.1200, probably from a Celtic source akin to Old Irish crec "rock," and carrac "cliff," Welsh craig "rock, stone," Manx creg.

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