Origin of crash

1350–1400; 1920–25 def. 16; 1870–75 for def 22; Middle English crasche, blend of crase to break (see craze) and masche mash1
Related formscrash·er, noun

Synonyms for crash

13. smash. 21. failure, ruin.
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Examples from the Web for crashed

Contemporary Examples of crashed

Historical Examples of crashed

  • Terlake fell short, crashed in among the oars, and bounded off into the sea.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • In a fury he flung the glass from him, so that it crashed and splintered upon the floor.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • For we had crashed by so that the crazy cart must have thrilled in every stick of it.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • For had he crashed, or smashed that fragile tube, all would have been in vain.

    Spawn of the Comet

    Harold Thompson Rich

  • He crashed against the wall and sank to the floor only half conscious.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

British Dictionary definitions for crashed




to make or cause to make a loud noise as of solid objects smashing or clattering
to fall or cause to fall with force, breaking in pieces with a loud noise as of solid objects smashing
(intr) to break or smash in pieces with a loud noise
(intr) to collapse or fail suddenlythis business is sure to crash
to cause (an aircraft) to hit land or water violently resulting in severe damage or (of an aircraft) to hit land or water in this way
to cause (a car, etc) to collide with another car or other object or (of two or more cars) to be involved in a collision
to move or cause to move violently or noisilyto crash through a barrier
British informal short for gate-crash
(intr) (of a computer system or program) to fail suddenly and completely because of a malfunction
(intr) slang another term for crash out
crash and burn informal to fail; be unsuccessful


an act or instance of breaking and falling to pieces
a sudden loud noisethe crash of thunder
a collision, as between vehicles
a sudden descent of an aircraft as a result of which it hits land or water
the sudden collapse of a business, stock exchange, etc, esp one causing further financial failure
  1. requiring or using intensive effort and all possible resources in order to accomplish something quicklya crash programme
  2. sudden or vigorousa crash halt; a crash tackle
crash-and-burn informal a complete failure
See also crash out
Derived Formscrasher, noun

Word Origin for crash

C14: probably from crasen to smash, shatter + dasshen to strike violently, dash 1; see craze




a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc

Word Origin for crash

C19: from Russian krashenina coloured linen
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Word Origin and History for crashed



c.1400, crasschen "break in pieces;" with no identifiable ancestors or relatives it probably is imitative. Computing sense is 1973, which makes it one of the earliest computer jargon words. Meaning "break into a party, etc." is 1922. Slang meaning "to sleep" dates from 1943; especially from 1965. Related: Crashed; crashing.



1570s, from crash (v.); sense of "financial collapse" is from 1817, "collision" is from 1910; references to falling of airplanes are from World War I.

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