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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does crappy mean?
Crappy means lousy, unpleasant, nasty, inferior, or poorly made.
Crappy is a slang word. It is the adjective form of the noun crap. Because the literal meaning of crap is excrement (poop), it is sometimes considered vulgar. Though crappy rarely refers to excrement, it is still sometimes considered a mild form of profanity (a mild curse word).
Crappy is always used negatively to describe unpleasant things (like a bad day) or things that don’t meet expectations or are considered inferior (like a poorly made product).
Where does crappy come from?
The first records of crappy come from the 1840s from the United States (where it is primarily used). But it comes from the much older noun crap, whose origin is uncertain. It may come from the Middle Dutch krappe, meaning “anything cut off or separated.”
Apart from its literal meaning, crap is commonly used to mean “junk” (as in This phone is a piece of crap) or “nonsense” (as in That’s a load of crap and you know it). Crappy never refers to nonsense, but it is commonly used to mean “junky,” “shoddy,” or “inferior,” as in This is such a crappy phone. It can also mean “nasty,” as in That was a crappy thing to do—go apologize! It is perhaps most commonly used to mean “lousy” or “unpleasant,” as in crappy weather or I had a really crappy day at work. Although it can be used in a variety of different contexts, it is always used negatively. In all of its senses, crappy is almost exactly synonymous with the adjective form of a four-letter curse word whose literal meaning is also “excrement.” However, crappy is considered much milder.
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How is crappy used in real life?
Crappy is a slang word that is especially used in place of words like lousy and shoddy. It is sometimes considered a mild curse word, so it is very informal.
I hate when we get crappy weather cause my knees start to hurt then I’m in pain! 😭
— Kay Nelson (@KaleighNelson17) March 19, 2020
Pro tip: tell kids to find the toys they don't play with and want to donate and they will entertain themselves for hours on old crappy toys.
— Mrs. Flinger (@mrsflinger) February 24, 2013
Just want to watch a movie and forget about this crappy day
— Sameeha (@SimpleeMeeha) March 19, 2020
How to use crappy in a sentence
If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it.Rachel Nichols is back on the air, but the fallout at ESPN is just beginning|Ben Strauss|July 8, 2021|Washington Post
However, “You’re actually reliving all the crappy things that you’re describing.”After a year of covid life, we’ve run out of things to talk about. Try these conversation tips.|Galadriel Watson|March 25, 2021|Washington Post
By sending me your efforts there’s a tiny possibilityYou’ll win some crappy prize that is devoid of all utility.Style Invitational Week 1424: We Bee back — a neologism contest|Pat Myers|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
As I’ve said before, I’m a total sucker for these big-city marathons, despite all the valid criticisms about their increasingly prohibitive entry fees and oceanic levels of crappy merchandise.Will Major Marathons Actually Come Back This Fall?|Martin Fritz Huber|February 4, 2021|Outside Online
This sounds like an extremely crappy solution to me, but it works for him.