- a person or thing that is old, decrepit, or broken-down.
- Slang. a person who complains about or insists on being treated for an imagined illness.
- an old ewe.
- an old worn-out horse.
- British Slang. to disable or injure.
Origin of crock2
- British Dialect. soot; smut.
- excess surface dye from imperfectly dyed cloth.
- British Dialect. to soil with soot.
- (of cloth) to give off excess surface dye when rubbed.
Origin of crock3
- an earthen pot, jar, etc
- a piece of broken earthenware
- Also: crock of shit US and Canadian informal a quantity or source of lies or nonsense
- slang, mainly British a person or thing, such as a car, that is old or decrepit (esp in the phrase old crock)
- an old broken-down horse or ewe
- slang, mainly British to become or cause to become weak or disabled
- dialect, mainly British soot or smut
- colour that rubs off fabric
- (tr) dialect, mainly British to soil with or as if with soot
- (intr) (of a dyed fabric) to release colour when rubbed, as a result of imperfect dyeing
Word Origin and History for crocking
Old English crocc, crocca "pot, vessel," from Proto-Germanic *krogu "pitcher, pot" (cf. Old Frisian krocha "pot," Old Saxon kruka, Middle Dutch cruke, Dutch kruik, Old High German kruog "pitcher," German Krug, Old Norse krukka "pot"). Perhaps from the same source as Middle Irish crocan "pot," Greek krossos "pitcher," Old Church Slavonic krugla "cup." Used as an image of worthless rubbish since 19c., perhaps from the use of crockery as chamberpots.