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  1. a person or thing that crops.
  2. a person who raises a crop.
  3. a person who cultivates land for its owner in return for part of the crop; sharecropper.
  4. a plant that furnishes a crop.
  5. a cloth-shearing machine.
  1. come a cropper, Informal.
    1. to fail; be struck by some misfortune: His big deal came a cropper.
    2. to fall headlong, especially from a horse.

Origin of cropper

First recorded in 1475–85; crop + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of cropper

  • Despite some electoral successes, these efforts have largely come a cropper, especially with the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012.

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Historical Examples of cropper

British Dictionary definitions for cropper


  1. a person who cultivates or harvests a crop
    1. a cutting machine for removing the heads from castings and ingots
    2. a guillotine for cutting lengths of bar or strip
  2. a machine for shearing the nap from cloth
  3. a plant or breed of plant that will produce a certain kind of crop under specified conditionsa poor cropper on light land
  4. (often capital) a variety of domestic pigeon with a puffed-out crop
  5. come a cropper informal
    1. to fall heavily
    2. to fail completely
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