Nearby words

  1. crannog,
  2. cranny,
  3. cranreuch,
  4. cranston,
  5. cranwell,
  6. crap around,
  7. crap out,
  8. crap up,
  9. crapaud,
  10. crape

Origin of crap

1375–1425; late Middle English crap chaff < Middle Dutch (not recorded until 16th century) krappe anything cut off or separated

Can be confusedcrap crape crepe crêpe crept Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for crap up


/ (kræp) /


a losing throw in the game of craps
another name for craps

Word Origin for crap

C20: back formation from craps


/ (kræp) slang /


another word for faeces

verb craps, crapping or crapped

(intr) another word for defecate

Word Origin for crap

C15 crappe chaff, from Middle Dutch, probably from crappen to break off


This word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use

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Word Origin and History for crap up
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crap up

crap up


Burden or clutter up, as in Jane crapped up the garden with plastic pink flamingos. [c. 1946]


Ruin or foul up, as in I've really crapped up this speech; can I just start over again? This idiom employs crap in the sense of “defecate.” [Vulgar slang; c. 1950]


In addition to the idioms beginning with crap

  • crap around
  • crap out
  • crap up

also see:

  • cut the comedy (crap)
  • full of crap
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