Origin of crepehanger

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; crepe + hanger


or crepe·hang·er



a person who sees the gloomy side of things; pessimist.

Origin of crapehanger

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; crape + hanger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crepe-hanger

Historical Examples of crepe-hanger

  • I don't mean to be a crepe-hanger, but how do you know we will stop at the right point?

    The Einstein See-Saw

    Miles John Breuer