[ krap ]
See synonyms for: crapcraps on

  1. Vulgar.

  2. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.

    • nonsense; drivel.

    • falsehood, exaggeration, propaganda, or the like.

  1. refuse; rubbish; junk; litter: Will you clean up that crap!

verb (used without object),crapped,crap·ping.
  1. Vulgar. to defecate.

verb (used with object),crapped,crap·ping.
  1. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to talk nonsense to; attempt to deceive.

Verb Phrases
  1. crap around, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.

    • to behave in a foolish or silly manner.

    • to avoid work.

  2. crap on, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.

    • to treat badly, especially by humiliating, insulting, or slighting.

    • to cause misery, misfortune, or discomfort.

  1. crap up, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to botch, ruin, or cheapen; make a mess of.

Origin of crap

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English crap “siftings of grain; chaff,” from Old French c(h)rape “siftings,” or Middle Dutch krappe “anything cut off or separated; scrap of meat”

Words that may be confused with crap

Other definitions for crap (2 of 2)

[ krap ]

  1. (in craps) a losing throw, in which the total on the two dice is 2, 3, or 12.

Verb Phrasespast and past participle crapped,present participle crap·ping.
  1. crap out,

    • Also called seven out . (in the game of craps) to throw a 7 rather than make one's point.

    • Slang. to abandon a project, activity, etc., because of fear, cowardice, exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm, etc.

    • Slang. to break a promise or fail to fulfill a duty or obligation; renege.

Origin of crap

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; back formation from craps Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crap in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crap (1 of 2)


/ (kræp) /

  1. a losing throw in the game of craps

  2. another name for craps

Origin of crap

C20: back formation from craps

British Dictionary definitions for crap (2 of 2)


/ (kræp) slang /

  1. nonsense

  2. rubbish

  1. another word for faeces

verbcraps, crapping or crapped
  1. (intr) another word for defecate

Origin of crap

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

usage For crap

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

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

Other Idioms and Phrases with crap


In addition to the idioms beginning with crap

  • crap around
  • crap out
  • crap up

also see:

  • cut the comedy (crap)
  • full of crap

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.