noun (usually used with a singular verb)

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.

Nearby words

  1. crapehanger,
  2. crapola,
  3. crapper,
  4. crappie,
  5. crappy,
  6. crapshoot,
  7. crapshooter,
  8. crapulence,
  9. crapulent,
  10. crapulous

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




  1. excrement.
  2. an act of defecation.
Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
  1. nonsense; drivel.
  2. falsehood, exaggeration, propaganda, or the like.
refuse; rubbish; junk; litter: Will you clean up that crap!

verb (used without object), crapped, crap·ping.

Vulgar. to defecate.

verb (used with object), crapped, crap·ping.

Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to talk nonsense to; attempt to deceive.

Verb Phrases

crap around, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
  1. to behave in a foolish or silly manner.
  2. to avoid work.
crap on, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
  1. to treat badly, especially by humiliating, insulting, or slighting.
  2. to cause misery, misfortune, or discomfort.
crap up, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to botch, ruin, or cheapen; make a mess of.

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




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

Verb Phrases past and past participle crapped, present participle crap·ping.

crap out,
  1. Also called seven out.(in the game of craps) to throw a 7 rather than make one's point.
  2. abandon a project, activity, etc., because of fear, cowardice, exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm, etc.
  3. break a promise or fail to fulfill a duty or obligation; renege.

Origin of crap

1835–45, Americanism; back formation from craps Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for craps


noun (usually functioning as singular)

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

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




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

Word Origin for crap

C20: back formation from craps




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 craps
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with craps


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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