- a game in which two dice are thrown and in which a first throw of 7 or 11 wins, a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses, and a first throw of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 can be won only by throwing the same number again before throwing a 7.
Origin of craps
- an act of defecation.
- Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
- nonsense; drivel.
- falsehood, exaggeration, propaganda, or the like.
- refuse; rubbish; junk; litter: Will you clean up that crap!
- Vulgar. to defecate.
- Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to talk nonsense to; attempt to deceive.
- crap around, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
- to behave in a foolish or silly manner.
- to avoid work.
- crap on, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
- to treat badly, especially by humiliating, insulting, or slighting.
- to cause misery, misfortune, or discomfort.
- crap up, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to botch, ruin, or cheapen; make a mess of.
Origin of crap1
- (in craps) a losing throw, in which the total on the two dice is 2, 3, or 12.
- 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 crap2
Related Words for crapsidiocy, drivel, bunk, foolishness, baloney, junk, nonsense, bull, hogwash, claptrap, rigmarole, poppycock, ridiculousness, tomfoolery, twaddle, bunkum, refuse, trash, garbage, guff
Examples from the Web for craps
Contemporary Examples of craps
Craps was just too risky, and—in a far stretch—this was meant as a way to measure how my father would govern.Meghan McCain: Let John McCain Go to Las Vegas
March 15, 2011
Historical Examples of craps
At Craps, I fear, my hand in late years has lost much of its cunning.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
At Craps, I fear, my hand in late years had lost much of its cunning.The Little Warrior
P. G. Wodehouse
Craps, played by these free-handed sons of the open, had more of a punch than he had imagined possible.Partners of Chance
Henry Herbert Knibbs
The now practically obsolete game of Hazard was much more complicated than Craps.
- a gambling game using two dice, in which a player wins the bet if 7 or 11 is thrown first, and loses if 2, 3, or 12 is thrown
- shoot craps to play this game
Word Origin for craps
- a losing throw in the game of craps
- another name for craps
Word Origin for crap
- another word for faeces
- (intr) another word for defecate
Word Origin for crap
1843, American English, unrelated to the term for excrement, instead it is from Louisiana French craps "the game of hazard," from an 18c. continental French corruption of English crabs, which was 18c. slang for "a throw of two or three" (the lowest throw), which perhaps is from crab (n.2), the sense in crab apple. The 1843 citation (in an anti-gambling publication) calls it "a game lately introduced into New Orleans."
"defecate," 1846, from one of a cluster of words generally applied to things cast off or discarded (e.g. "weeds growing among corn" (early 15c.), "residue from renderings" (late 15c.), underworld slang for "money" (18c.), and in Shropshire, "dregs of beer or ale"), all probably from Middle English crappe "grain that was trodden underfoot in a barn, chaff" (mid-15c.), from Middle French crape "siftings," from Old French crappe, from Medieval Latin crappa, crapinum "chaff." Related: Crapped; crapping.
Despite folk etymology insistence, not from Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) who was, however, a busy plumber and may have had some minor role in the development of modern toilets. The name Crapper is a northern form of Cropper (attested from 1221), an occupational surname, obviously, but the exact reference is unclear.
"act of defecation," 1898; see crap (v.). Sense of "rubbish, nonsense" also first recorded 1898.
In addition to the idioms beginning with crap
- crap around
- crap out
- crap up
- cut the comedy (crap)
- full of crap