- Slang. a place to sleep or live temporarily and at no cost.
- padding inside cars, tanks, or the like, for protecting passengers in the event of an accident, sudden stop, etc.
Origin of crash pad
- slang a place to sleep or live temporarily
A free, temporary lodging place, as in The company maintains several crash pads for employees from out-of-town divisions. This expression originally referred to a place affording runaways, drug addicts, and the like somewhere to crash in the sense of “sleep.” In time it also was used more broadly, as in the example. [Slang; 1960s]