[ kras ]
/ kræs /

adjective, crass·er, crass·est.

without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid: crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.
Archaic. thick; coarse.

Nearby words

  1. crashing,
  2. crashingly,
  3. crashproof,
  4. crashworthiness,
  5. crasis,
  6. crassitude,
  7. crassulacean acid metabolism,
  8. crassulaceous,
  9. crassus,
  10. cratch

Origin of crass

1535–45; (< Middle French) < Latin crassus thick, dense, fat, heavy

Related formscrass·ly, adverbcrass·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crass


/ (kræs) /


stupid; gross
Derived Formscrassly, adverbcrassness or crassitude, noun

Word Origin for crass

C16: from Latin crassus thick, dense, gross

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Word Origin and History for crass



1540s, from Middle French crasse (16c.), from Latin crassus "solid, thick, fat; dense." The literal sense always has been rare in English; meaning "grossly stupid" is recorded from 1650s, from French. Related: Crassly; crassness.

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