kaput

[ kah-poo t, -poot, kuh- ]
/ kɑˈpʊt, -ˈput, kə- /

adjective Slang.

ruined; done for; demolished.
unable to operate or continue: The washing machine is suddenly kaput.

Nearby words

  1. kapparah,
  2. kapteyn,
  3. kapuas,
  4. kapuka,
  5. kapuskasing,
  6. kara,
  7. kara kum,
  8. kara sea,
  9. kara-kalpak,
  10. kara-kalpak autonomous republic

Idioms

    go kaput, to cease functioning; break down: The old car finally went kaput.

Origin of kaput

1890–95; < German: orig. trickless (in game of piquet) < French (être) capot (to be) without tricks, i.e., make zero score

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British Dictionary definitions for kaput

kaput

/ (kæˈpʊt) /

adjective

(postpositive) informal ruined, broken, or not functioning

Word Origin for kaput

C20: from German kaputt done for, from French être capot to have made no tricks (literally: to be hoodwinked), from capot hooded cloak

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Word Origin and History for kaput

kaput

adj.
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