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cram {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of cramming.
  2. Information hastily memorized; as, a cram from an examination.
  3. A warp having more than two threads passing through each dent or split of the reed.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To press, force, or drive, particularly in filling, or in thrusting one thing into another; to stuff; to crowd; to fill to superfluity; as, to cram anything into a basket; to cram a room with people.
  2. To fill with food to satiety; to stuff.
  3. To put hastily through an extensive course of memorizing or study, as in preparation for an examination; as, a pupil is crammed by his tutor.
  4. Study hard, swot.
  5. To eat greedily, and to satiety; to stuff.
  6. To make crude preparation for a special occasion, as an examination, by a hasty and extensive course of memorizing or study.
  • marc, Marc
  • mrca, MRCA
crank {{wikipedia}} etymology Old English cranc, from Proto-Germanic *krangaz, *krankaz. Cognate with German krank, Dutch krang. pronunciation
  • /kɹæŋk/
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  • (US) /kɹeɪŋk/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) strange, weird, odd
  2. sick; unwell; infirm
  3. (nautical, of a ship) Liable to capsize because of poorly stow cargo or insufficient ballast.
    • 1833, Edgar Allan Poe, MS. Found in a Bottle The stowage was clumsily done, and the vessel consequently crank.
  4. Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated.
    • Udall He who was, a little before, bedrid, … was now crank and lusty.
    • Mrs. Stowe If you strong electioners did not think you were among the elect, you would not be so crank about it.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bent piece of an axle or shaft, or an attached arm perpendicular, or nearly so, to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a rotation to a wheel or other mechanical device; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.{{rfex}}
  2. The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft. Yes, a crank was all it needed to start.
  3. (archaic) Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
    • {{rfdate}} Spenser: So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks.
  4. (informal) An ill-tempered or nasty person Billy-Bob is a nasty old crank! He chased my cat away.
  5. A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.
    • Carlyle Violent of temper; subject to sudden cranks.
  6. (informal, British, dated in US) A person who is considered strange or odd by others. They may behave in unconventional ways. John is a crank because he talks to himself.
    • 1882 January 14, in Pall Mall Gazette: Persons whom the Americans since Guiteau's trial have begun to designate as ‘cranks’—that is to say, persons of disordered mind, in whom the itch of notoriety supplies the lack of any higher ambition.
  7. (informal) An advocate of a pseudoscience movement. That crank next door thinks he's created cold fusion in his garage.
  8. (US, slang) methamphetamine. Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank.
  9. (rare) A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
    • {{rfdate}} Milton: Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles.
  10. (obsolete) A sick person; an invalid.
    • Burton Thou art a counterfeit crank, a cheater.
  11. (slang) penis.
    • 2013, Reggie Chesterfield, Scoundrel (page 57) It was going to be hard not to blow with a girl like her sucking on his crank.
Synonyms: See also .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To turn by means of a crank. Motorists had to crank their engine by hand.
  2. (intransitive) To turn a crank. He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank.
  3. (intransitive, of a crank or similar) To turn. He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank.
  4. (transitive) To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank. I turn the key and crank the engine; yet it doesn't turn over Crank it up!
  5. (intransitive) To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably, especially through complaining. Quit cranking about your spilt milk!
  6. (intransitive) To be running at a high level of output or effort. By one hour into the shift, the boys were really cranking.
    • Green IT For Dummies, Carol Baroudi, Jeffrey Hill, Arnold Reinhold, 2009, “Better computers use variable speed fans so they run at top speed only when the computer is really cranking
    • I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, ..., Mike Edison, 2009, “When we were playing at the top of our ability and really cranking, the whole thing could sound like a jet plane taking off in the club.”
    • The Incessant Voice of War: The Black Rose Conspiracies, page 64, P. L. Nelson, 2011, “expected that the NVA and VC were in a position to dish out what they're dishing out, and the rumor mill is really cranking overtime.”
  7. (intransitive, dated) To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
    • {{rfdate}} : See how this river comes me cranking in.
crankish etymology crank + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) cranky; grumpy; bad-tempered
  2. (informal) pseudoscientific a crankish society of supposed UFO abductees
cranks pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}} (plural)
  1. plural of crank
  2. (archaic, baseball, slang, 1800s) The fan.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of crank
crank science
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Pseudo-science; activity which appears to be science-like but is not founded on proper scientific methods.
    • 2001, While global warming is far from "crank science", as the critics of Kyoto have called it, it is not the science any practising politician is likely to remember from high school, or voters readily comprehend. — London Review of Books, 21 June 2001
crap pronunciation
  • /kɹæp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English crappe, also in plural: crappen, crappys, craps, from Old French crappe, crapin "chaff"; compare Malayalam crappa, also crapinum, from odt krappen. Related to crop.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) The husk of grain; chaff.
  2. (slang) Something of poor quality. The long-running game show went from offering good prizes to crap in no time.
  3. (slang, vulgar) Something that is rubbish; nonsense. The college student boasted of completing a 10,000-word essay on Shakespeare, but the professor judged it as utter crap.
  4. (slang, vulgar) Faeces or feces.
  5. (slang, vulgar, countable) An act of defecation. I have to take a crap
  6. (slang) Useless object or entity. What is that? It's just a bunch of crap
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) To defecate.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, colloquial, somewhat, vulgar) Of poor quality. I drove an old crap car for ten years before buying a new one.
Alternative forms: crappy (chiefly, North America)Synonyms: lousy, shit, shite, bollocks, piss, fuck, Deuce
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Expression of worry, fear, shock, surprise, disgust, annoyance or dismay. Oh crap! The other driver's going to hit my car! Crap! I lost the game. What the crap?! Aw, crap, I have to start over again from the beginning of the level.
etymology 2 From "crab's eyes"
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (gambling) A losing throw of 2, 3 or 12 in craps.
  • ACPR APCR, carp, RCAP
crap artist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A habitual liar.
Synonyms: (vulgar) bullshitter
crapass Alternative forms: craparse (UK) etymology crap + ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (vulgar) Lousy and bad.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A toad.
  2. (derogatory, ethnic slur, offensive, slang) A French person.
related terms:
  • frog
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) an undesirable person
crapfest etymology crap + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, vulgar) Something of incredibly low quality.
craphat etymology It is a reference to the colour of the beret of the other particular regiment, not being maroon, thus being a crap hat(not "alley").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, UK) Members of non-elite regiments, those that aren't in the British army's parachute regiment and/or the SAS.
craphead etymology crap + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) an undesirable person
craphole etymology crap + hole
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a contemptible person
  2. (vulgar) anus
  3. (vulgar) a messy or unkempt place
    • 1971, Susan Berman, The underground guide to the college of your choice Most apartment buildings are old, gloomy crapholes well-stocked with New England's most gregarious cockroaches.
craphouse etymology crap + house
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) a privy
crapitalism etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Corrupt or inauthentic capitalism; capitalism viewed as an inherently flawed or unjust system.
    • 1983, Walli F. Leff & Marilyn G. Haft, Time Without Work: People Who Are Not Working Tell Their Stories, How They Feel, What They Do, How They Survive, South End Press (1983), ISBN 0896081850, page 346: All you have to do is look around and see that the solution is here; there are better ways to handle the resources of the globe, there are better ways to do things than "crapitalism."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: crapitalist
crapitalist etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A corrupt or inauthentic capitalist; a proponent of crapitalism.
crapmobile etymology crap + mobile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An inferior motor vehicle.
    • 1999, Graham McNamee, Hate you As we putter along in our little crapmobile, I can hear Mom's thoughts as clearly as the newscaster's bland voice.
    • 2006, Lori Handeland, The Mommy Quest She couldn't turn around because the land around the road was too rocky for the low carriage of her rented four-door crapmobile.
crapola etymology crap + ola pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /kɹæˈpoʊlə/
  • (RP) /kɹæˈpəʊlə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Items or material of poor quality or little importance. My junk drawer is full of all sorts of crapola.
Synonyms: crap
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Feeling sick or bad.
    • 2005, Cathy Hopkins, The Mates, Dates Guide to Life, Love, and Looking Luscious You can eat badly and feel crapola or eat healthily and feel great. The choice is yours...
crap oneself
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) to soil oneself.
  2. (vulgar) to feel extremely frightened or apprehensive.
crapper pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) A water closet containing a flushable toilet, especially a toilet fixture identified "T. Crapper", a well known Victorian-era English engineer and plumbing installer, .
  2. (slang) A flush toilet, a commode.
  3. A privy, an outhouse.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of crap
crappify etymology crap + ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To reduce the quality of; to make unfavorable.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) In a crappy manner; poorly, badly. The computer performed crappily this morning.
crapplet Alternative forms: craplet etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, Internet, slang, derogatory) An unwanted or poor-quality applet.
crapplication etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, Internet, slang, derogatory) An unwanted or poor-quality application.
    • 1999, "William Wueppelmann", How to downgrade to Windows 95?? Win 98 HATES my guts. (on newsgroup By contrast, I've never seen a Windows machine perform well after being on for more than about 5 or 6 days straight; if it doesn't outright crash, it loses all of its memory and has to be restarted, PLUS it is susceptible to the same hardware lockups, power failures and crapplications as Linux is.
    • 2002, "n3kkb0", Rocksim and WindowsXP (on newsgroup rec.models.rockets) Most people don't realize how many background crapplications they have running thanks to the different stuff that they have installed.
related terms:
  • crapplet
crappo etymology crap + o
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) of very low quality.
crappy etymology crap + y pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, North America, colloquial, mildly, vulgar) Of very poor quality; unpleasant; distasteful. That is such a crappy car. The referee just made a really crappy call. The food there used to be good but now it's crappy.
  2. (chiefly, North America, colloquial, mildly, vulgar, especially with "feel") Bad, sick, or depressed. I'm feeling really crappy - I think I need some fresh air.
  3. (chiefly, North America, colloquial, mildly, vulgar) Covered in crap (faeces/feces). Put the crappy diapers in the blue pail and the wet ones in the yellow pail.
Alternative forms: crap (chiefly, UK)
  • Nouns to which "crappy" is often applied: job, day, weather, thing, food, movie, apartment, life, service, mood, hotel, car, phone, town, product, attitude, software, household goods.
Synonyms: (covered in crap) shitty, poopy, (of very poor quality) shitty, lousy, tatty
craps {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kɹæps/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From lou craps, a corruption of English crabs
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (pluralonly) a game of gambling, or chance, where the player throw dice to make scores and avoid crap
    • 1920, , The Understanding Heart, Chapter XII “As an inventor,” Bob Mason suggested, “you're a howling success at shooting craps ! If I were as free of spavins, ringbone, saddle-galls, and splints as you are, I'd have that nanny-goat in here, hog-tie her, flop her and let the boy help himself. …”
etymology 2
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of crap
  2. (pluralonly, slang, vulgar) diarrhea.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of crap
  • carps
  • scarp
  • scrap
crapstain etymology From crap + stain.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An irritating person.
crapstorm etymology crap + storm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A violent situation
  2. (informal) Large-scale public backlash
    • 1996, , Bucking the Sun Watergate and that creep Nixon; the sheriff drove north through the night listening to every detail of the national crapstorm cascading down on anything Republican, the moment at last arriving when ...
craptabulous etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Extremely awful.
Synonyms: craptacular, craptastic
craptacular etymology crap + tacular
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang, vulgar) Intended to be perceived as spectacular, but actually perceived as extremely poor quality. Her essay was absolutely craptacular.
  2. (US, slang, vulgar) Spectacularly awful; so poor in quality as to become a spectacle. The movie was so craptacular that it generated legions of ironic fans who watched it over and over solely to mock it mercilessly.
  • 1994, Jon Lovitz, The Critic; in the intro, Jay Sherman describes a movie (which seems to be some new Schwartzenegger offering) as craptacular.
  • The craptacular Cirrus Logic chipset is nailed to the PCB. Luckily, adding a soundcard resolves this issue. - Maximum PC, Vol. 5, No. 11 (November 2000)
  • 2003, Deirdre Cowan Rice, The Family Jewels For some reason, people think that if you give someone a present, that person has to listen to your craptacular advice or something, and swallow it with a smile.
  • 2004, Chris Turner, Planet Simpson, Homer has been known to sit on his couch excitedly clutching a pennant reading MID-SEASON, as he waits to drink in such craptacular Fox-TV [...]
  • 2004, T Mike Childs, Rocklopedia Fakebandica They play the World-Vision Song Festival in the craptacular spectacle that is the 1980 movie The Apple.
Synonyms: craptabulous, craptastic
craptastic etymology crap + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Of extremely poor quality. That was the most craptastic movie I've ever seen!
    • 2000, Maximum PC, Vol. 5, No. 9 (September 2000) We also received a new logo for products that are craptastic to the nth power. Behold the Lick Ass award.
    • 2003, Kevin J. Maroney, in I've seen far too many games in the American market which have what I consider to be interesting themes wedded to craptastic mechanisms [...]
    • 2004, Thomas J. Theobald, in If the GOP were to start acting like it cared (and yes, I believe it is their responsibility at this point, given the ultra-craptastic record they've displayed over these last four years), there might be some hope.
    • 2005, Steve Bass PC Annoyances "The unofficial story, according to one source, is that the BBC's charter prevents it from “shower[ing] their viewers with craptastic ads [...]" —
Synonyms: craptabulous, craptacular
craptastical etymology craptastic + al
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, rare) Craptastic.
crapton etymology crap + ton
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A very large amount.
Synonyms: crapload
crapware etymology crap + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Unwanted software that comes pre-installed with personal computer.
    • 2008, "Can Apple's Best Topple the PC Competition?", Maximum PC, Future US, Inc. (ISSN 1522-4279), No. 96, page 26 We suspect that its extra pound of heft is made up entirely of crapware—the Vaio ships with a ludicrous number of useless preinstalled applications. We understand the economic necessities of subsidizing inexpensive PCs with third-party crapware, but there's no excuse for whoring out a notebook of this price.
    • 2009, Eric Griffith, "Make the Most of Your New PC", PC Mag, Ziff Davis Inc. (ISSN 0888-8507), Volume 28, No. 1, page 68 Big-name system vendors typically install software on their consumer PCs at the factory. These "extras" go by many names: bundleware, begware, bloatware, and my favorite, crapware. That's because a lot of it is just that: useless crap. … A few vendors, like Sony and Dell, offer some options to avoid crapware, but usually just for small businesses. Boutique manufacturers, like Velocity Micro, do a better job of providing a clean system.
    • 2011, Guy Hart-Davis, The Healthy PC: Preventive Care, Home Remedies, and Green Computing, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill Professional (ISBN 9780071752916) All crapware programs can be useful—but each program is likely to be useful to only a few of the people the PC manufacturer inflicts it on. The PC manufacturers claim they install crapware to provide useful software, but the real reason is that the software companies pay them to include it.
    • 2012, Woody Leonhard, Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 9781118237991) I hate it when the computer I want comes loaded with all that nice, “free” crapware. I'd seriously consider paying more to get a clean computer. You don't need an antivirus and Internet security program preinstalled on your new PC. lt'll just open and beg for money next month. Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender, and it works great — for free. Browser toolbars? Puh-lease.
crash {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kɹæʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English crasshen, crasschen, craschen, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from a variant of earlier *crasken, from crasen + k; or from earlier *craskien, *craksien, a variant of craken (for form development compare break, brask, brash).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident. She broke two bones in her body in a car crash. Nobody survived the plane crash
  2. A computer malfunction that is caused by faulty software, and makes the system either partially or totally inoperable. My computer had a crash so I had to reboot it.
  3. A loud sound as made for example by cymbal. The piece ended in a crescendo, building up to a crash of cymbals.
  4. A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) the stock market crash
  5. A comedown of a drug.
  6. A group of rhinoceros.
    • {{post}} Patrick F. McManus, “Nincompoopery and Other Group Terms”, in The Grasshopper Trap, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-0111-5, page 103, One of my favorites among the terms of groups of creatures is a crash of rhinoceros. I can imagine an African guide saying to his client, “Shoot, dammit, shoot! Here comes the whole bloody crash of rhinoceros!” […] Personally, I think I’d just as soon come across a crash of rhinoceros as a knot of toad.
    • 1998, E. Melanie Watt, Black Rhinos, page 19 The largest group of black rhinos reported was made up of 13 individuals. A group of rhinos is called a crash.
    • 1999, Edward Osborne Wilson, The Diversity of Life, page 126 Out in the water a crash of rhinoceros-like animals browse belly deep through a bed of aquatic plants.
    • 2003, Claude Herve-Bazin, Judith Farr Kenya and Tanzania, page 23 The crash of rhinoceros at Tsavo now numbers almost 200.
  7. dysphoria
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. quick, fast, intensive crash course crash diet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To collide with something destructively, fall or come down violently.
  2. (transitive) To severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else. I'm sorry for crashing the bike into a wall. I'll pay for repairs.
  3. (transitive, slang) (via gatecrash) To attend a social event without invitation. We weren't invited to the party so we decided to crash it.
  4. (transitive, management) To accelerate a project or a task or its schedule by devoting more resources to it.
    • Project management that works, page 109, Rick A. Morris, Brette McWhorter Sember, 2008, “Using the project plan, the team started to work out different scenarios to crash the schedule and bring the date to the regulatory deadline.”
  5. (intransitive) To make or experience informal temporary living arrangements. Hey dude, can I crash at your pad?
  6. (slang) To lie down for a long sleep or nap, as from tiredness or exhaustion.
  7. (computing, software, intransitive) To terminate extraordinarily. If the system crashes again, we'll have it fixed in the computer shop.
  8. (computing, software, transitive) To cause to terminate extraordinarily. Double-clicking this icon crashes the desktop.
  9. (intransitive) To experience a period of depression and/or lethargy after a period of euphoria, as after the euphoric effect of a psychotropic drug has dissipated.
etymology 2 From Russian крашенина 〈krašenina〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fibre) Plain linen.
  • chars
crash cart
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, emergency medicine) A portable set of tray, drawer and shelves containing equipment and medication used in a medical emergency
Synonyms: crash trolley
crash gearbox
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (automotive, informal) A transmission with a sliding mesh, used in older vehicle; gear changes are often accompanied by loud noises.
Synonyms: crash box
crash hot etymology Perhaps a nonstandard adverb usage of crash + hot. Alternative forms: crash-hot
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, Australia, New Zealand) Very good, excellent; very well. Well well well, don′t you look crash hot in your new sunnies! I'm sorry boss, I can′t come in to work today, I′m not feeling too crash hot.
    • 1991, Antonio Casella, The Sensualist, page 28, Certainly Nick isn′t too crash hot on the old pen, something which he admits freely.
    • 2005, Elizabeth Woolsey Herbert, Horse Doctor: An American Vet's Life Down Under, page 11, I collected the semen, and while it didn′t look crash hot (Australian for “great”), it was okay.
    • 2006, Nick Ireland, The Popondetta Butterfly, [http//|most+crash+hot%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3xYyT-WvCKrgmAWKtunHBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20crash%20hot%22&f=false page 65], In any event, Gout wasn′t the most crash hot golfer going around so he needed to use gamesmanship as much as he could.
    • 2010, Tanya McKechnie Honour Bound, page 59, You should know that your reputation isn′t crash hot either. No-one likes you, Hicks.
Apparently most often used in the negative as a form of sarcasm. E.g. That doesn't smell crash hot, does it?!
Synonyms: brilliant, fantastic
{{abbreviation-old}}: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, military, slang) C-ration
Synonyms: Charlie rat
  • cart, CART
  • RACT
cratedigger Alternative forms: crate-digger etymology crate + digger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who habitually looks through crate of vinyl record at music shop, especially in pursuit of rare or interesting album.
    • 2008, Signal to Noise, Volumes 49-51, page 103: Long a crate-digger's grail and never before available on CD, this is one obscurity that really lives up to the hype.
    • 2010, Fiona McAuslan & Matthew Norman, The Rough Guide to Havana, Rough Guides (2010), ISBN 9781405381826, page 160: A little crate-diggers' paradise for collectors of Latin and easy listening music on vinyl.
    • 2013, Lara Kavanagh & Frances Ambler, The Rough Guide to Vintage London, Rough Guides (2013), ISBN 9781409325369, unnumbered page: The Beehive is half of a two-room shop that also contains Casbah Records, where cratediggers can flick through stacks of vinyl records while their friends or partners try on clothes next door.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) As much as a crate would hold
etymology 1 First coined 1613, from Latin crater, from Ancient Greek κρατήρ 〈kratḗr〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɹeɪ.tə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈkɹeɪ.tɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (astronomy) A hemispherical pit created by the impact of a meteorite or other object.
  2. (geology) The basin-like opening or mouth of a volcano, through which the chief eruption comes; similarly, the mouth of a geyser, about which a cone of silica is often built up.
  3. (informal) The pit left by the explosion of a mine or bomb.
  4. (informal) Any large, roughly circular depression or hole.
Synonyms: (astronomy) astrobleme, (geology) caldera
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To collapse catastrophically; implode; hollow out; to become devastated or completely destroyed. The economy is about to crater. -- Attributed by David Letterman to Sen. John McCain. NYTimes blog
  2. (snowboarding) To crash or fall. He cratered into that snow bank about five seconds after his first lesson.
etymology 2 Possibly a diminutive of cratur (dialect form of creature). pronunciation
  • (Ireland) /ˈkɹeː.təɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, informal, UK, dialect) A term of endearment, a dote, a wretched thing. 1843 - I then had the two best tarriers beneath the canopy; this poor crater is their daughter," and he patted the dog's head affectionately. William Hamilton Maxwell, Wild Sports of the West: With Legendary Tales, and Local Sketches , Publisher R. Bentley, page 77, 1859 - She is a charming crater; I would venture to say that, if I was not her father. The British Drama: A Collection of the Most Esteemed Tragedies, Comedies ... 1872 Thomas Hardy "Under the Greenwood Tree" "Then why not stop for fellow-craters -- going to thy own father's house too, as we be, and knowen us so well?"
This term is still commonly used in speech but rarely appears in modern writing. {{also}}
  • carter, Carter
  • tracer
crater face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Refers to someone whose face is scar or pockmarked by acne, smallpox, or other medical conditions, injury, or age.
crawler {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From crawl + er. From the Australian convict period (1788-1850); a prisoner who was purposely and extensively abused by an overseer (also a convict) and thereby driven to escape but finding it impossible to survive in the Australian bush, surrender to this overseer who would then have his penal term reduced. The particular crawler was picked for his weak personality and might escape and return a number of times increasing his own penal term each time. According to James Tucker, some convict overseers had their sentences extensively reduced using this odious practice. Source-James Tucker's 1845 novel Ralph Rashleigh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, obsolete) A person who is abused, physically or verbally, and returns to the abuser a supplicant.
  2. (UK, Australia, slang) A sycophant.
etymology 2 From crawl + er. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A child who is able to creep using his hands and knees but is not able to walk.
  2. (sports) A crawl swimmer.
  3. A tractor crawler, a motorized vehicle that uses caterpillar track instead of wheel.
  4. A software bot that autonomously follows connected paths such as webpage links.
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A crayfish or lobster.
etymology 2 {{clipping}}, with -y to clarify pronunciation. Compare vacay.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Crazy.
    • 2010, Cory Giger, "NFL commish slaps Steelers in face with weak punishment of Seymour", The Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pennsylvania), 23 November 2010: That small of a fine for that kind of blatant disregard is cray.
    • 2012, "Sharm x Savoy + Kiss = Happy RWD", Fazer, Issue 127, September 2012, page 80: Before his set, RWD somehow found time to back a quick vodka shot in the Ice Bar downstairs - yes we're aware an ice bar in the desert is cray.
    • 2013, Dani Kellner, "20 Things Your Ten Year Old Self Could Do at Cornell", Slope, Spring 2013, page 18: Also, make sure you look both ways first, because the traffic is cray.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
  • Cary, racy
cray-cray Alternative forms: cra-cra, cray cray etymology From crazy by shortening and reduplication.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Crazy.
    • 2011, Jessica Verday, The Hidden, Simon Pulse (2011), ISBN 9781416978985, page 90: “Lewis again. The boy cannot get over our breakup. He's like this little puppy dog that follows me around, and it's just driving me cray-cray.”
    • 2012, "Hiddleston: There's hope for Loki", Belfast Telegraph, 27 April 2012: "What fascinates me about Loki is that there is a glimmer of redemption in him somewhere, that he's not cray-cray (crazy). {{…}}
    • 2013, Michele Bardsley, Only Lycans Need Apply, Signet Eclipse (2013), ISBN 9781101599570, unnumbered page: “Are you high?” asked Dove suspiciously. She squinted at Patsy. “Because that's cray-cray.”
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
cray-dar etymology cray + dar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The ability to detect whether or not a person is crazy.
    • 2012, Catherine Alvarez-McCurdy, "Halloween Costumes: Least To Most Fuckable", The Chicago Shady Dealer (humor magazine of The University of Chicago), Volume 9, Issue 2, 5 November 2012, page 3: Someone who likes whips and bondage just as much as you will probably be at the party too; I’m sure your cray-dar will start beeping soon.
    • 2013, "Zodiac", The Valley Beat, Issue 160, 9 October 2013, page 26: Turn on your “cray-dar,” Aquarius. While you love an eccentric individual, this week you could magnetize people who are truly off their rockers.
    • 2015, Sharon Saracino, Smitten with Death, The Wild Rose Press (2015), ISBN 9781628308235, unnumbered page: … You put him right in the crosshairs of my mother's cray-dar, and I suspect he'll be keeping a very low profile for a while.”
Crayette etymology Cray + ette; coined by the industry magazine Datamation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal, dated) Any minisupercomputer with an instruction set compatible with those of Cray supercomputer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, slang) phonetic spelling of creature (term of endearment, a wretch).
  2. (Ireland, slang) whiskey A drop of the craytur will do you good.
crazy etymology {{etystub}} Possible candidates:
  • From WikiAnswers: c.1369, probably from Old Norse *krasa, perhaps via an Old French form. Originally "to shatter;" now-obsolete metaphoric use for "break down in health" (1476) led to n. sense of "mental breakdown." Extension to "mania, fad," is first recorded 1813. Original sense preserved in crazy quilt pattern. Crazy is from 1576 as "sickly;" from 1617 as "insane;" and from 1927 in jazz slang for "cool, exciting." Phrase crazy like a fox recorded from 1935.
  • From EtymOnline: 1570s, "diseased, sickly," from craze + -y (2). Meaning "full of cracks or flaws" is from 1580s; that of "of unsound mind, or behaving as so" is from 1610s. Jazz slang sense "cool, exciting" attested by 1927. To drive (someone) crazy is attested by 1873. Phrase crazy like a fox recorded from 1935. Crazy Horse, Teton Lakhota (Siouan) war leader (d.1877) translates thašuka witko, lit. "his horse is crazy."
  • /ˈkɹeɪzi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Insane; lunatic; demented.
    • 1663, Samuel Butler, Hudibras Over moist and crazy brains.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.”
    exampleHis ideas were both frightening and crazy.
  2. Out of control. exampleWhen she gets on the motorcycle she goes crazy.
  3. Overly excited or enthusiastic.
    • R. B. Kimball The girls were crazy to be introduced to him.
    exampleHe went crazy when he won.
  4. In love; experiencing romantic feelings. exampleWhy is she so crazy about him?
  5. (informal) Unexpected; surprising. exampleThe game had a crazy ending
  6. Characterized by weakness or feebleness; decrepit; broken; falling to decay; shaky; unsafe.
    • Macaulay Piles of mean and crazy houses.
    • Addison One of great riches, but a crazy constitution.
    • Jeffrey They … got a crazy boat to carry them to the island.
Synonyms: , (out of control) off the chain, deranged, zany, loco
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) Very, extremely. That trick was crazy good
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An insane or eccentric person; a crackpot.
Synonyms: lunatic, mad man, nut ball, nut case
crazy as a pet coon Alternative forms: crazier than a pet coon
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Demented or crazy.
crazy-ass etymology crazy + ass
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) very crazy
crazymaker etymology crazy + maker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) One who engages in crazymaking.
crazysauce etymology crazy + sauce
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Something that is bewildering or exciting.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) An expression of surprise.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. Christian Reformed Church
  2. County Road Commission
  3. cyclic redundancy check
  4. Chemical Rubber Company, a former American manufacturer of chemical laboratory equipment, now the publishing company .
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (science, slang) The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, a frequently used reference work published by CRC Press.
cream {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: creme (14th century onwards), creyme (14th-15th centuries) etymology From Middle English creime, creme, from xno creme, cresme (compare French crème), blend of ll chrisma 'ointment' (from Ancient Greek χρῖσμα 〈chrîsma〉 'unguent'), and ll crāmum 'skim', from Gaulish *crama (compare Welsh cramen 'scab, skin', Breton crammen), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krama- (compare Middle Irish screm 'surface, skin', Dutch schram 'abrasion', Lithuanian kramas 'scurf'). Replaced native Old English ream "cream"; > ream. Figurative sense of "most excellent element or part" appears from 1581. Verb meaning "to beat, thrash, wreck" is 1929, U.S. colloquial. The U.S. standard of identity is from 21 CFR 131.3(a). pronunciation
  • /kɹiːm/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The butterfat/milkfat part of milk which rises to the top; this part when separated from the remainder. exampleTake 100 ml of cream and 50 grams of sugar …
    1. (standard of identity, US) The liquid separated from milk, possibly with certain other milk products added, and with at least eighteen percent of it milkfat.
    2. (standard of identity, UK) The liquid separated from milk containing at least 18 percent milkfat (48% for double cream).
  2. A yellowish white colour; the colour of cream. {{color panel}}
  3. (informal) Frosting, custard, creamer{{,}} or another substance similar to the oily part of milk or to whipped cream.
    • 2004, Joey Green, Joey Green's Incredible Country Store, , ISBN 1579548482, page 267: Originally the cream filling in Oreo cookies was made with pork lard.
  4. (figuratively) The best part of something. examplethe cream of the crop;  the cream of a collection of books or pictures
    • Thomas Shelton (translator) (fl.1612-1620) Welcome, O flower and cream of knights errant.
  5. (medicine) A viscous aqueous oil/fat emulsion with a medicament added, used to apply that medicament to the skin. (compare with ointment) exampleYou look really sunburnt; you should apply some cream.
    • Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) In vain she tries her paste and creams, / To smooth her skin or hide its seams.
  6. (vulgar, slang) Semen.
    • 2001, Darwin Porter, Hollywood’s Silent Closet: The Lusty Saga of America’s First Star F*#%er!!{{SIC}} (novel), Blood Moon Productions, Ltd., ISBN 0-9668030-2-7, page 155, He rode me for ten—or was it fifteen?—minutes before one final fuckthrust that filled me completely with his cream.
    • 2003, Dominique Adair, “Two Days, Three Nights” in Tied with a Bow, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, ISBN 1843607433, page 74, He tucked his cock into his pants before rubbing his cream into her breasts in slow, teasing strokes.
    • 2004, Art Wiederhold, Wild Flowers, iUniverse, ISBN 0595317898, page 158, When he did come, he spurted his cream all over the front of Rosalee’s T-shirt and neck.
  7. (obsolete) The chrism or consecrated oil used in anointing ceremonies.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtArthr1}}, Book V: there shall never harlot have happe, by the helpe of Oure Lord, to kylle a crowned Kynge that with Creyme is anoynted.
Synonyms: ream
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Cream-coloured; having a yellowish white colour.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To puree, to blend with a liquifying process. Cream the vegetables with the olive oil, flour, salt and water mixture.
  2. To turn a yellowish white colour; to give something the color of cream.
  3. (slang) To obliterate, to defeat decisively. We creamed the opposing team!
  4. (intransitive, vulgar, slang) To ejaculate (used of either gender).
  5. (transitive, vulgar, slang) To ejaculate in (clothing).
  6. (transitive, cooking) To rub, stir, or beat (butter) into a light creamy consistency.
  7. (transitive) To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream.
  8. (transitive, figurative) To take off the best or choicest part of.
  9. (transitive) To furnish with, or as if with, cream.
    • Mrs. Whitney Creaming the fragrant cups.
related terms: {{top3}}
  • crème brûlée
  • crème caramel
  • crème de cacao
  • crème de la crème
  • crème de menthe
  • crème fraîche
  • espresso crème
  • ramekin
  • ras malai
  • vichyssoise
  • crame
  • crema
  • macer
cream in one's jeans
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, of a man) To ejaculate while wearing one's trousers.
    • 1975, and , The illuminatus! Trilogy (1984 edition), ISBN 9780440539810, p. 68: And you always cream in your jeans when your neck breaks. It has something to do with the pressure on the spinal cord being transmitted through the prostate.
  2. (idiomatic, vulgar, by extension) To experience an orgasm while clothed; to be thoroughly excited or delighted.
    • 1951, Donald R. Morris, China Station, Farrar, Straus, and Young, p. 52: First time I was in here I come in with a Chinese M.P. We busted right in, that M.P. creamed in his jeans when he sees this colonel.
    • 2001, , The Housewife Blues, ISBN 9781931304665, p. 101: Myrna was certain the woman would cream in her jeans at this opportunity to be a good neighbor.
cream puff
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A light, hollow pastry typically filled with cream or custard.
  2. (informal) A weak or ineffectual person.
  3. (informal) An old motor vehicle in especially good condition.
crease pronunciation
  • (UK) /kɹiːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A line or mark made by fold or doubling any pliable substance; hence, a similar mark, however produced. His pants had a nice sharp crease. His shirt was brand new with visible creases from its store fold.
  2. (cricket) One of the white line drawn on the pitch to show different area of play; especially the popping crease, but also the bowling crease and the return crease.
  3. (lacrosse) The circle around the goal, where no offensive players can go.
  4. (ice hockey) The goal crease; an area in front of each goal, surrounded by thin red lines and filled in with light blue.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make a crease in; to wrinkle.
  2. (transitive) To lightly bloody; to graze. The bullet just creased his shoulder.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. archaic form of kris
    • Tennyson the cursed Malayan crease, and battle-clubs / From the isles of palm
  • Sarcee
creative accounting
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (business, euphemistic, sometimes, humorous) Financial accounting practices which are usually not explicitly illegal, but which are unorthodox, imaginative, usually misleading, and of questionable ethics.
    • 2002, R. Boyes, R. Owen, and A. Sage, "Europe's economies face a winter of discontent," The Times (London), 23 Dec.: Italy’s public deficit is within the EU limit of 3 per cent of GDP, but only with the help of some creative accounting by the Government’s number-crunchers.
creature feature
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, film, humorous) A horror film in which one or more monster plays a prominent role. "Godzilla" is one of the classic creature features.
cred pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (urban, slang) Credibility. After listening to that sheer pile of bull mess he tried to tell me yesterday, I've decided he's got precisely zero cred as far as I'm concerned.
    • 2002, Popular Science (volume 261, number 5, November 2002, page 48) Don't worry about losing geek cred here: In addition to its usual functions, the remote will be able to call up a customizable Command menu that executes any program or script you have the temerity to put in its configuration file.
  2. (computing, informal, usually, in the plural) credential 1998, "Lou Langholtz", DCE programming: using login creds to auth server? (on newsgroup comp.soft-sys.dce)
  • CDRE
  • rec'd
credit etymology From Middle French crédit, from Latin creditum, neuter of creditus, past participe of credere. The verb is from the noun. pronunciation
  • /kɹɛdɪt/
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  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To believe; to put credence in. Someone said there were over 100,000 people there, but I can't credit that.
    • Shakespeare How shall they credit / A poor unlearned virgin?
  2. (transitive, accounting) To add to an account (confer debit.) Credit accounts receivable with the amount of the invoice. For the payroll period credit employees' tips to their wages paid account and debit their minimum wage payable account. The full amount of the purchase has been credited to your account.
  3. (transitive) To acknowledge the contribution of. I credit the town council with restoring the shopping district. Credit the point guard with another assist.
  4. (transitive) To bring honour or repute upon; to do credit to; to raise the estimation of.
    • South You credit the church as much by your government as you did the school formerly by your wit.
related terms:
  • credible
  • credibility
  • creditable
  • creditor
  • credence
  • credential
  • credo
  • creed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Reliance on the truth of something said or done; faith; trust.
    • Bible, 1 Macc. x. 46 When Jonathan and the people heard these words they gave no credit into them, nor received them.
  2. (uncountable) Recognition and respect. I give you credit for owning up to your mistake. He arrived five minutes late, but to his credit he did work an extra ten minutes at the end of his shift.
    • Cowper John Gilpin was a citizen / Of credit and renown.
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  3. (countable) Acknowledgement of a contribution, especially in the performing arts. She received a singing credit in last year's operetta.
  4. (television/film, usually, plural) Written title and other information about the TV program or movie shown at the beginning and/or end of the TV program or movie. They kissed, and then the credits rolled.
  5. (uncountable, legal, business) A privilege of delayed payment extended to a buyer or borrower on the seller's or lender's belief that what is given will be repaid. In view of your payment record, we are happy to extend further credit to you.
  6. The time given for payment for something sold on trust. a long credit or a short credit
  7. (uncountable, US) A person's credit rating or creditworthiness, as represented by their history of borrowing and repayment (or non payment). What do you mean my credit is no good?
  8. (accounting) An addition to certain accounts.
  9. (tax accounting) A reduction in taxes owed, or a refund for excess taxes paid. Didn't you know that the IRS will refund any excess payroll taxes that you paid if you use the 45(B) general business credit?
  10. A source of value, distinction or honour. That engineer is a credit to the team.
    • Alexander Pope I published, because I was told I might please such as it was a credit to please.
  11. An arbitrary unit of value, used in many token economies. To repair your star cruiser will cost 100,000 credits. Would you like to play? I put in a dollar and I've got two credits left.
  12. (uncountable) Recognition for having taken a course (class). If you do not come to class, you will not get credit for the class, regardless of how well you do on the final.
  13. (countable) A course credit, a credit hour – used as measure if enough courses have been taken for graduation. Dude, I just need 3 more credits to graduate – I can take socio-linguistics of Swahili if I want.
Synonyms: (course credit, credit hour) unit
related terms:
  • credible
  • direct
  • triced
credit card {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A plastic card, usually with a magnetic strip or an embedded microchip, connected to a credit account and used to buy goods or service.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
Synonyms: chargecard / charge card
  • affinity card
credit card tart
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A rate tart.
creditor Alternative forms: creditour (obsolete) etymology From xno creditour, from Latin crēditor, from crēditum, from crēditus, perfect passive participle of crēdō
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance) A person to whom a debt is owe.
  2. One who gives credence to something; a believer.
  • debtor
  • debtholder
  • noteholder
  • bondholder
  • general creditor
  • director
noun: {{head}}
  1. (urban, slang) plural of cred
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The Committee to Re-elect the President, which raised money for 's campaign for 1972 reelection.
Synonyms: CRP (not derogatory)
  • crepe, crêpe
creep pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kɹiːp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan, from Proto-Germanic *kreupaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ger-. Cognate with Western Frisian krippe, krûpe, Western Frisian crjippa, Low German krepen and krupen, Dutch kruipen, Middle High German kriefen, Danish krybe, Norwegian krype, Swedish krypa, Icelandic krjúpa.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground. Lizards and snakes crept over the ground.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit One evening, while the Rabbit was lying there alone, watching the ants that ran to and fro between his velvet paws in the grass, he saw two strange beings creep out of the tall bracken near him.
  2. (intransitive) Of plant, to grow across a surface rather than upwards.
  3. (intransitive) To move slowly and quietly in a particular direction. He tried to creep past the guard without being seen.
  4. (intransitive) To make small gradual changes, usually in a particular direction. Prices have been creeping up all year.
  5. To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or oneself. Old age creeps upon us.
    • John Locke the sophistry which creeps into most of the books of argument
  6. To slip, or to become slightly displaced. The collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep in drying. The quicksilver on a mirror may creep.
  7. To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn. a creeping sycophant
    • Shakespeare to come as humbly as they used to creep
  8. To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl. The sight made my flesh creep.
  9. To drag in deep water with creeper, as for recovering a submarine cable.
Synonyms: (move slowly with the abdomen close to the ground) crawl, (grow across a surface rather than upwards), (move slowly and quietly in a particular direction), (make small gradual changes)
etymology 2 From the above verb.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails)
  2. A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.
  3. A slight displacement of an object: the slight movement of something
  4. The gradual expansion or proliferation of something beyond its original goals or boundaries, considered negatively. Christmas creep. Feature creep. Instruction creep. Mission creep
  5. (publishing) In sewn books, the tendency of page on the inside of a quire to stand out farther than those on the outside of it.
  6. (materials science) An increase in strain with time; the gradual flow or deformation of a material under stress.
  7. (geology) The imperceptible downslope movement of surface rock.
  8. (informal, pejorative) An annoying irritating person
  9. (informal, pejorative) A frightening and/or disconcerting person, especially one who gives the speaker chills or who induces psychosomatic facial itching. Stop following me, you creep!
  10. (agriculture) A barrier with small openings used to keep large animals out while allowing smaller animals to pass through.
  • crepe, crêpe
creepazoid etymology creep + -a- + -oid, possibly as a variant of creepoid.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Creepy.
    • 1990, Gloria Nagy, A House in the Hamptons, Delacorte Press (1990), page 121: Well, it's this great big old spooky house just off the Highway before East Hampton and a real creepazoid kinda handyman type lets me in and no lights on, like a Boris Karloff movie or somethin'.
    • 2008, Leslie Kelly, Heated Rush, Harlequin (2008), ISBN 9781426818929, page 41: She wanted him physically, as she hadn't wanted anyone in a long time. Including her creepazoid ex.
    • 2011, Christy Reece, Sweet Reward, Ballantine Books (2012), ISBN 9780345524096, page 271: Not only because she was buying clothes to entice a creepazoid criminal to sleep with her, but because she was still so furious with Jared.
    • {{seemorecites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A creepy person or creature.
    • 2005, William Bernhardt, Dark Eye, Ballantine Books (2006), ISBN 0345470168, page 230: … According to this book, the public image of Poe as this ghoulish creepazoid is inaccurate. His work was creepy, but he wasn't."
    • 2010, Robin Benway, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June, Razorbill (2010), ISBN 9781101458945, unnumbered page: “What sort of stalker creepazoid does that?”
    • 2012, Anton Strout, Alchemystic, Ace (2012), ISBN 9781101589649, unnumbered page: "Like hell, I don't," he said. "I don't want to see my roommate get killed. You know how hard it was to find someone who wasn't a Craigslist creepazoid in the first place? {{…}}
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: creepoid, freakazoid
creeper etymology creep + er Slang usage derived from phrase "give the creeps" or "creep out" (distinct from givers from give, or merely one who creeps) pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkɹipɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person or a thing who crawl or creeps.
    • Burton Standing waters are most unwholesome, … full of mites, creepers; slimy, muddy, unclean.
  2. Often in plural, a one-piece garment for infants designed to facilitate access to the wearer's diaper.
  3. A device which allows a small child to safely roam around a room from a seated or standing position.
  4. A metal plate with spikes, designed to be worn with shoes to prevent slipping.
  5. A spur-like device strapped to the boot to facilitate climb.
  6. (chiefly, in the plural) A small, low iron, or dog, between the andiron.
  7. An instrument with iron hooks or claws for dredging up items from a well or other water.
  8. Any device for causing material to move steadily from one part of a machine to another, such as an apron in a carding machine, or an inner spiral in a grain screen.
  9. Any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creep; especially a climbing plant of the genus {{taxlink}}.
    • 1964, William Golding, Lord of the Flies Then the piglet tore loose from the creepers and scurried into the undergrowth.
  10. A treecreeper.
  11. (nautical) A small, four-hooked grapnel used to recover objects dropped onto the sea bed.
  12. The lowest gear of a tractor or truck, also creeper gear, creeper shift.
  13. A low-profile, wheeled platform whereupon an auto mechanic may lie on their back and gain better access to the underbody of a vehicle.
  14. (pejorative, slang) A person who creeps people out; a creepy person. Don't go to a nightclub to find a boyfriend. They're all creepers there.
  15. A kind of shoe, usually with a suede upper and a thick crepe sole, associated with various twentieth-century subcultures.
Synonyms: (one who crawls) crawler, (garment) babygro, creepers, diaper shirt, infant bodysuit, snapsuit, (wheeled platform) cradle
creepify etymology From creep + ify or creepy + ify.
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  1. (transitive, informal) To make creepy; to make annoying, unpleasant, or mildly threatening.
    • 1993 July, Lorraine Ali, “Alice in Chains”, in SPIN, volume 9, number 4, Camouflage Associates, page 45: Singer Layne Staley’s dark words further creepify Alice’s sound.
    • 2000, Ed Sanders, America: A History in Verse, Volume 2: 1940-1961, David R. Godine (publisher), ISBN 978-1-57423-117-5, page 95: had the power to say yes, but said no / a no that creepifies his name in the time-track
    • 2004, Rich Gray, Click Or Treat: The Best of Halloween and Horror on the Internet, McFarland, ISBN 978-0-7864-1862-6, page 25: The Halloween section of FabulousFoods has a ton of recipes for both food and beverages, and offers a number of tips to creepify-up anything you’re planning to prepare.
  2. (transitive, informal) To creep out, to give (someone) the creeps.
    • 2002, Harmon Leon, The Harmon Chronicles, ECW Press, ISBN 978-1-55022-527-3, page 126: But the Gun Dude ends up creepifying me when he tells me to hurry because, ever since the gun ban, the assault weapons have been "selling like hot cakes."
    • 2007, Harmon Leon, National Lampoon Road Trip USA: All the Places Your Dad Never Stopped At, National Lampoon, ISBN 9780978832308, page 295: I know I’m at the right place when I see 5 guys pushing a broken down van into the Café Risque parking lot (there’s ample trucker parking, but the prospect of free trucker showers creepifies me).
creep joint
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  1. (US, slang) A brothel or other disreputable or low-class place, especially where patrons are robbed.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 3: Took my public-school training in three jails and a plenty of pool-rooms, went to college in a gang of tea-pads, earned my Ph.D. in more creep joints and speakeasies and dancehalls than the law allows.
  2. (US, slang) A gambling game which moves to a different location every night.
creepmouse etymology creep + mouse, from a likening of a person's character and/or behaviour to that of a small, timorous, and often unseen rodent.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (mildly pejorative) Timid and unassuming in the extreme.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Chapter XV: "Indeed but you must, for we cannot excuse you. It need not frighten you; it is a nothing of a part, a mere nothing, not above half a dozen speeches altogether, and it will not much signify if nobody hears a word you say, so you may be as creepmouse as you like, but we must have you to look at."
    • 1985, Jean Ure, After Thursday, Delacorte Press (1985), ISBN 9780385295482, page 161: Abe had been enjoying himself, without so much as a thought in his head as to how she was getting on; why shouldn't she have her turn? She was sick of being boring and creepmouse. While the cat was away the mice deserved to play — at least they did if that was how the cat was going to behave.
    • 1990, John McAleer, "Satirizing The Academy", Chicago Tribune, 18 November 1990: A box of manuscripts, buried with Ash by Ellen, his creepmouse widow, is opened; the lovers' final secrets are revealed. Ellen, we find, had never let Ash consummate their marriage.
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  1. (mildly pejorative) An extremely timid and unassuming person.
    • 1831, Catherine Gore, Mothers and Daughters, Volume II, E. L. Carey & A. Hart/Allen & Ticknor (1834), page 62: "Pho! pho ! — I do not believe a word of it. Lord Basingstoke is one of those shy young men who are very much attached to any one who will take the trouble of making love to them ; — one of those creepmice who run away with their mother's waiting-maid, or marry an actress for want of courage and patience to encounter the formalities of an honourable courtship. {{…}}
    • 1907, Florence Hayllar, Nepenthes, William Blackwood and Sons (1907), page 5: The knocking was repeated, — a very gentle knocking, which seemed to argue that the devil was in a polite and patient mood. I felt a little creepmouse myself as I heard it, but I got up, and leaving the quaking woman in the parlour, I went and opened the door.
    • 2009, Laurie Viera Rigler, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Dutton (2009), ISBN 9780525950769, page 6: Don't be such a frightened little creepmouse. I take a deep breath, look at the feet again, and giggle.
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  1. (slang, derogatory) A creepy person.
creepoid etymology creep + oid
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  1. (slang) Creepy.
    • 1989, Steven Rea, "Oscar Nominees For Home Viewing", Philadelphia Inquirier, 19 February 1989: Ray Liotta (the creepoid ex-con in Something Wild, the Eugene in Dominick and Eugene) is set to star as Henry Hill, who rises from the lowest ranks of the "family" to a position that gives him access to high-ranking crime bosses.
    • 2003, Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver, Niagara Falls, or Does It?, Spotlight (2006), ISBN 1599611082, page 81: "What is that supposed to be?" he asked in his usual creepoid manner.
    • 2004, Tirdad Derakhshani, "Quincy Jones quests for 'We Are the Future'", Philadelphia Inquirer, 14 May 2004: In a tiresome bid to create controversy (read: free publicity), rocker Marilyn Manson, who has dubbed himself the "Antichrist Superstar," has signed to play Jesus in Diamond Dead, a dark comedy by the master of cheesily creepoid horror movies, George Romero.
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  1. (slang, pejorative) A creepy person or creature.
    • 1997, Lina Jaivin, Eat Me, Broadway (1998), ISBN 0553066978, page 130: Did he touch my leg on purpose? Creepoid.
    • 2000, "Wired Kids Game and Web site reviews", Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 August 2000: This is the part where we have to warn parents: Just like with comic books, there's lots of violence and blood and nightmare-inducing villainous creepoids here.
    • 2003, Mike Prevatt, "Holmes' sweet home", Las Vegas Mercury, 20 November 2003: Pieces isn't a Holmes vehicle like Teaching Mrs. Tingle, if only because the supporting cast has a tendency to outperform her, for better (Lillias White, sharply playing April's straight-talkin' neighbor) or worse (an abysmally bad Sean Hayes, as her building's resident creepoid).
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creeptacular etymology creep + tacular
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Extremely creepy.
    • 2006, Aimee Fountain, First Nation review, CMJ New Music Monthly, Issue 140, June 2006, page 39 (approx.): The debut from New York's First Nation is spooky and beautiful aboriginal lullaby music, culled from God-knows-what sorts of string instruments, creeptacular vocal harmonies and more than a little bit of punk attitude.
    • 2012, Ty Burr, Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame, Pantheon Books (2012), ISBN 9780307377661, page 131: Because Rains's Universal horror breakthrough three decades earlier had never been a matter of costume—The Invisible Man is creeptacular for its special effects, {{…}}
    • 2012, Lorien L. Loewy, Flight of Fancy, AuthorHouse (2012), ISBN 9781477204306, page 683: I hated all creepy crawly things, whether bugs, spiders or snakes and had no desire to look down at the creeptacular scene below us.
Synonyms: spooktacular
etymology 1
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  1. Any small crawling animal such as a spider, insect or worm.
etymology 2 From Kreepy Krauly, brand name, from Etymology 1
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  1. (AU, informal, trademark erosion) an automated suction pool cleaner.
creo etymology Possibly a backformation of neo-creo.
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  • evo-creo evolution/creationism
creotard etymology creo + tard or creationist + tard
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  1. (slang, derogatory) A creationist.
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Synonyms: creo
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  1. (UK, MLE, slang) trainer (sports shoes)
    • Mark Dawson, The Cleaner (page 7) The others hollered. “He's sicked up all over his creps!” Chips exclaimed.
    • 2011, Chyna Chyna, FAM: Rolling in a London Girl Gang He skulked, like his creps was made out of lead. His skin, normally like polished bronze, was drained flat, as if he'd been bleached. When I smiled and said hello to him, Husayn looked at me from fifty miles away.
crescent fresh etymology Because the moon is a crescent when it is fresh (new).
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  1. (US, slang) Very fresh.
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  1. (Northern England, birdwatching) the great crested grebe.
  2. (informal) crested tit
  • recites
  • tierces
cretin etymology From French crétin, from crestin, an Alpine dialectal form of chrétien, from vl christianus in the lost sense of 'anyone in Christendom', often with a sense of 'poor fellow'. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɹɛtn̩/
  • (US) /ˈkɹiːtn̩/, /ˈkɹɛtn̩/
  • Homophones: Cretan (one pronunciation)
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  1. (pathology) A person who fails to develop mentally and physically due to a congenital hypothyroidism.
  2. (pejorative) An idiot.
    • 1969, Irving Wallace, The Seven Minutes When I challenged the symbolism, tried to make the professor consider the book as a piece of realism, he regarded me as if I were an absolute cretin. He got very supercilious and condescending …
Synonyms: See also
crew pronunciation
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etymology 1 from Middle English, from Old French creue, the feminine past participle of creistre, from Latin crescere
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  1. A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, or airplane If you need help, please contact a member of the crew. The crews of the two ships got into a fight.
  2. (plural: crew) A member of the crew of a vessel or plant One crew died in the accident.
  3. (obsolete) Any company of people; an assemblage; a throng.
    • Spenser There a noble crew / Of lords and ladies stood on every side.
    • Milton Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew?
  4. (nautical, plural: crew) A member of a ship's company who is not an officer The officers and crew assembled on the deck. There are quarters for three officers and five crew.
  5. (arts) The group of workers on a dramatic production who are not part of the cast There are a lot of carpenters in the crew! The crews for different movies would all come down to the bar at night.
  6. (arts, plural: crew) A worker on a dramatic production who is not part of the cast There were three actors and six crew on the set.
  7. A group of people working together on a task The crews competed to cut the most timber.
  8. (informal, often derogatory) A close group of friends I'd look out for that whole crew down at Jack's.
  9. (often derogatory) A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker
  10. (slang, hip-hop) A hip-hop group
  11. (sports, rowing, uncountable) The sport of competitive rowing.
  12. (rowing) A rowing team manning a single shell.
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  1. (transitive and intransitive) To be a member of a vessel's crew We crewed together on a fishing boat last year. The ship was crewed by fifty sailors.
  2. To be a member of a work or production crew The film was crewed and directed by students.
  3. To supply workers or sailors for a crew
  4. (nautical) To do the proper work of a sailor The crewing of the vessel before the crash was deficient.
  5. (nautical) To take on, recruit (new) crew
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  1. (British) en-past of crow To have made the characteristic sound of a rooster. It was still dark when the cock crew.
etymology 3 Probably of cel origin.
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  1. (British, dialectal) A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs
etymology 4
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  1. The Manx shearwater.
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crewer etymology crew + er
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  1. (informal) A member of a crew, as on a ship or spacecraft
  2. A person in charge of locating the technical crew for a media production
    • Arthur A. Raney & Jennings Bryant, 60 Seconds to Air, page 271,, 0805851895 , “For much of the crew, a regional crewer will be contracted to provide camera operators, A2s, … ”
  3. A competitive rower
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crib etymology From Middle English crib, cribbe, from Old English crib, cryb, cribb, crybb, from Proto-Germanic *kribjǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *grebʰ-, *gerbʰ-, from Proto-Indo-European *ger-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian creb, West Frisian krêbe, Dutch krib, German Krippe, Danish krybbe, Icelandic krubba. The sense of ‘stealing, taking notes, plagiarize’ seems to have developed out of the verb. pronunciation
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  1. (US) A baby’s bed (British and Australasian cot) with high, often slatted, often moveable side, suitable for a child who has outgrown a cradle or bassinet.
    • 1889, , . In two minutes I was kneeling by the child’s crib, and Sandy was dispatching servants here, there, and everywhere, all over the palace. I took in the situation almost at a glance -- membranous croup!
  2. (British) A bed for a child older than a baby.
    • 1848, , Jane Eyre. a day or two afterwards I learned that Miss Temple, on returning to her own room at dawn, had found me laid in the little crib; my face against Helen Burns’s shoulder, my arms round her neck. I was asleep, and Helen was -- dead.
  3. (nautical) A small sleeping berth in a packet ship or other small vessel
  4. A wicker basket; compare Moses basket.
  5. A manger, a feeding trough for animal elevated off the earth or floor, especially one for fodder such as hay.
  6. The baby Jesus and the manger in a creche or Nativity scene, consisting of statue of Mary, Joseph and various other characters such as the magi.
  7. A bin for drying or storing grain, as with a corn crib.
    • 1835, , A Tour on the Prairies, Chapter 35. I began to think of my horse. He, however, like an old campaigner, had taken good care of himself. I found him paying assiduous attention to the crib of Indian corn, and dexterously drawing forth and munching the ears that protruded between the bars.
  8. A small room or covered structure, especially one of rough construction, used for storage or penning animals.
    • 1871, Richard Malcolm Johnston, Dukesborough Tales. A kitchen, a meat-house, a dairy, a crib with two stalls in the rear, one for the horse the other for the cow, were the out-buildings
    • {{RQ:AV}} Proverbs 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
  9. A confined space, as with a cage or office-cubicle
    • 1846, , Pictures from Italy. The singers were in a crib of wirework (like a large meat-safe or bird-cage) in one corner
  10. (obsolete) A job, a position; (British), an appointment.
    • 1904, Forrest Crissey, Tattlings of a Retired Politician. He had seen so many lean years of faithful service when the enemy held the corner on all the official cribs that, now in the days of his party’s fatness and of his own righteous reward, the habit of good, honest hustling stuck to him, and he lined up an array of pulls and indorsements that made him swell with happiness every time he went over the list.
    • 1893,— Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk”. but if I have lost my crib and get nothing in exchange I shall feel what a soft Johnny I have been.
  11. A hovel, a roughly constructed building best suited to the shelter of animals but used for human habitation.
  12. (slang) One’s residence, or where one normally hangs out.
  13. A boxy structure traditionally built of heavy wooden timber, to support an existing structure from below, as with a mineshaft or a building being raised off its foundation in preparation for being moved; see cribbing.
  14. (usually, in the plural) A collection of quotes or references for use in speaking, for assembling a written document, or as an aid to a project of some sort; a crib sheet.
  15. (obsolete) A minor theft, extortion or embezzlement, with or without criminal intent.
  16. (cribbage) Short for the card game cribbage.
    • 1913 , Sons and Lovers. “May we play crib, Mrs. Radford?” he asked.
  17. (cribbage) The cards discard by player and used by the dealer.
    • 1814, , Mansfield Park, Chapter 2.1. “And that makes thirty-one; -- four in hand and eight in crib. -- You are to deal, ma’am; shall I deal for you?”
  18. (cryptography) A known piece of information corresponding to a section of encrypted text, that is then used to work out the remaining sections.
  19. (New Zealand, southern) A small holiday home, often near a beach and of simple construction.
  20. (Australia, New Zealand) A packed lunch taken to work.
  21. (Canada) A small raft made of timber.
Synonyms: (holiday home) bach (New Zealand)
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  1. (transitive) To place or confine in a crib.
  2. To shut up or confine in a narrow habitation; to cage; to cramp.
    • I. Taylor if only the vital energy be not cribbed or cramped
    • Shakespeare Now I am cabin'd, cribbed, confined.
  3. (transitive) To collect one or more passages and/or references for use in a speech, written document or as an aid for some task; to create a crib sheet. I cribbed the recipe from the Food Network site, but made a few changes of my own.
  4. (intransitive) To install timber supports, as with cribbing.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To steal or embezzle, to cheat out of. It was very easy, Briggs said, to make a galley-slave of a boy all the half-year, and then score him up idle; and to crib two dinners a-week out of his board, and then score him up greedy; but that wasn’t going to be submitted to, he believed, was it? — Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1848, Chapter 14.
  6. (Indian English) To complain, to grumble
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  7. To crowd together, or to be confined, as if in a crib or in narrow accommodations.
    • Gauden Who sought to make … bishops to crib in a Presbyterian trundle bed.
  8. (intransitive, of a horse) To seize the manger or other solid object with the teeth and draw in wind.
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crib board
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  1. (informal) cribbage board
crib lizard
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  1. (slang, derogatory) A child, especially a baby or toddler.
    • 2009, , Sandman Slim, Eos Books (2009), ISBN 9780061976261, page 17: Or she'd have gone straight, married a dentist, squeezed out a minivan full of crib lizards, and gotten fat.
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  1. plural of cricket
  2. (US slang, humorous) Absolute silence; no communication. Derived from the cinematic metaphor of chirping crickets at night, signaling (otherwise) complete quiet. May be used alone or in metaphorically descriptive phrases. Since then, I've received no response. Not a word. Just... crickets. We asked for an explanation, but all we heard was the sound of crickets.
crim pronunciation
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  1. (UK, Australia, informal) A criminal.
    • 2012, Ian McTavish, A Prisoner's Wisdom: Transcending the Ego (page 128) We were the happiest, cheeriest bunch of crims in the whole prison.
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crim. con. Alternative forms: crim con etymology Abbreviation.
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  1. (legal, colloquial, now historical) Criminal conversation.
    • 1824, Lord Byron, Don Juan, XV.84: And then he had good looks;—that point was carried Nem. con. amongst the women, which I grieve To say leads oft to crim. con. with the married— A case which to the juries we may leave.
    • 1999, Kirsten Olsen, Daily Life in 18th Century England: In fact, it was not unknown for husbands and wives to collude in the wife's adultery, either to collect a large crim. con. settlement or to secure a divorce.
    • 2012, Catherine Peters, "Feminist Fatale", Literary Review, 403: If she was unfaithful, a civil action for ‘crim con’ could be brought by her husband to assert his property rights over her and obtaion financial redress for infringement of them.
Crimble {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Chrimble
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  1. (British, humorous) Christmas.
Synonyms: Chrimbo
  • climber, reclimb
crimebuster Alternative forms: crime-buster, crime buster
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  1. (chiefly, US, informal) A person, especially a law enforcement officer, who is particularly effective in thwart criminal activity and in bringing criminals to justice.
    • 1938, Louther S. Horne, "Loesch Tells How to Beat Crime: A Need is Seen for Fearless Prosecutors," New York Times, 10 Apr., p. 120: This corporation law background is less known than his record as a crime-buster.
    • 1976, "Dipping into the Cookie Jar," Time, 2 Aug.: Bit by bit, J. Edgar Hoover's image as an incorruptible crimebuster has crumbled since his death in 1972.
    • 2009, Joel Rubinoff, "Swayze breathes life into killing" (TV review), Toronto Star, 22 Jan. (retrieved 22 Jan. 2009): Swayze's ruthless crimebuster never hesitates—and as he plugs street scum full of bullets and pursues his own form of frontier justice with a hard, penetrating squint, we find ourselves rooting for a character who, in lesser hands, could be perceived as downright ugly.
Synonyms: gangbuster
crimebusting etymology crime + busting
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  1. (chiefly, US, informal) The work of a crimebuster; the thwart of criminal activity.
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  1. (US, slang) alternative spelling of criminently
Crimhead etymology crimson + head
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  1. (slang) A fan of the English rock band King Crimson.
    • 1992, Musician, Issues 159-164, page 90: Some diehard Crimheads figure 1969 was the Crimson classic period.
    • 1995, Michael Saunders, "Crimson back with 'Thrak'", Ocala Star-Banner, 19 May 1995: The mention of vintage material is sure to set Crimheads panting, but Levin says he is unsure what those specific songs are, or how many will come from the '80s or the '70s.
    • 1998, Hans Morgenstern, The Nightwatch review, Miami New Times, 7 May 1998: The release of two retrospective, in-concert, four-CD box sets and two separate live compilations (one a double CD, the other a single) might seem a bit excessive -- to non-Crimheads.
criminal etymology From Middle English, from xno criminal, from ll criminalis, from Latin crimen. pronunciation
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  1. Being against the law; forbidden by law.
    • Addison Foppish and fantastic ornaments are only indications of vice, not criminal in themselves.
  2. Guilty of breaking the law.
    • Rogers The neglect of any of the relative duties renders us criminal in the sight of God.
  3. Of or relating to crime or penal law.
    • Hallam The officers and servants of the crown, violating the personal liberty, or other right of the subject … were in some cases liable to criminal process.
    His long criminal record suggests that he is a dangerous man.
  4. (figuratively) Abhorrent or very undesirable, even if allowed by law. Printing such asinine opinions without rebuttal is criminal, even when not libel!
  • Nouns to which "criminal" is often applied: law, justice, court, procedure, prosecution, intent, case, record, act, action, behavior, code, offence, liability, investigation, conduct, defense, trial, history, responsibility, lawyer, tribunal, appeal, process, background, mind, conspiracy, evidence, gang, organization, underworld, jurisprudence, offender, jury, police, past, group, punishment, attorney, violence, report, career, psychology.
Synonyms: illegal
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  1. A person who is guilty of a crime, notably breaking the law.
Synonyms: lawbreaker, offender, perpetrator, See also

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