Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

craps

[kraps]
See more synonyms for craps on Thesaurus.com
noun (usually used with a singular verb)
  1. 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.
Show More

Origin of craps

1835–45, Americanism; apparently < French craps, variant of crabs double-ace (lowest throw at hazard) < 18th-century E slang: plural of crab1

crap1

[krap]
noun
  1. Vulgar.
    1. excrement.
    2. an act of defecation.
  2. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
    1. nonsense; drivel.
    2. falsehood, exaggeration, propaganda, or the like.
  3. refuse; rubbish; junk; litter: Will you clean up that crap!
Show More
verb (used without object), crapped, crap·ping.
  1. Vulgar. to defecate.
Show More
verb (used with object), crapped, crap·ping.
  1. Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to talk nonsense to; attempt to deceive.
Show More
Verb Phrases
  1. crap around, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
    1. to behave in a foolish or silly manner.
    2. to avoid work.
  2. crap on, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
    1. to treat badly, especially by humiliating, insulting, or slighting.
    2. to cause misery, misfortune, or discomfort.
  3. crap up, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to botch, ruin, or cheapen; make a mess of.
Show More

Origin of crap1

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

crap2

[krap]
noun
  1. (in craps) a losing throw, in which the total on the two dice is 2, 3, or 12.
  2. craps.
Show More
Verb Phrases past and past participle crapped, present participle crap·ping.
  1. crap out,
    1. Also called seven out.(in the game of craps) to throw a 7 rather than make one's point.
    2. Slang.to abandon a project, activity, etc., because of fear, cowardice, exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm, etc.
    3. Slang.to break a promise or fail to fulfill a duty or obligation; renege.
Show More

Origin of crap2

1835–45, Americanism; back formation from craps
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for craps

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for craps

craps

noun (usually functioning as singular)
  1. 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
  2. shoot craps to play this game
Show More

Word Origin

C19: probably from crabs lowest throw at dice, plural of crab 1

crap1

noun
  1. a losing throw in the game of craps
  2. another name for craps
Show More

Word Origin

C20: back formation from craps

crap2

noun
  1. nonsense
  2. rubbish
  3. another word for faeces
Show More
verb craps, crapping or crapped
  1. (intr) another word for defecate
Show More

Word Origin

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

usage

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

Word Origin and History for craps

n.

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."

Show More

crap

v.

"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.

Show More

crap

n.

"act of defecation," 1898; see crap (v.). Sense of "rubbish, nonsense" also first recorded 1898.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with craps

crap

In addition to the idioms beginning with crap

also see:

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