crashing

[ krash-ing ]
/ ˈkræʃ ɪŋ /

adjective

absolute; complete; utter: a crashing bore.
unusual or superlative; exceptional: a crashing celebration.

Nearby words

  1. crash-hot,
  2. crash-land,
  3. crash-test,
  4. crashaw,
  5. crashaw, richard,
  6. crashingly,
  7. crashproof,
  8. crashworthiness,
  9. crasis,
  10. crass

Origin of crashing

First recorded in 1925–30; crash1 + -ing2

Related formscrash·ing·ly, adverb

Origin of crash

1
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

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British Dictionary definitions for crashing

crashing

/ (ˈkræʃɪŋ) /

adjective

(prenominal) informal (intensifier) (esp in the phrase a crashing bore)

crash

1
/ (kræʃ) /

verb

noun

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

crash

2
/ (kræʃ) /

noun

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 crashing
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