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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A twist; a whimsy or whim.
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crip etymology Shortening of cripple
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive) A cripple.
  2. (rehabilitation) A person with a disability (generally self-referential).
cripple {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: creeple (dialectal) etymology From Middle English cripel, crepel, crupel, from Old English crypel, from Proto-Germanic *krupilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *grewb-, from Proto-Indo-European *ger-, equivalent to creep + le. Cognate with Dutch kreupel, Low German Kröpel, German Krüppel, Old Norse kryppill. pronunciation
  • /kɹɪpl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Crippled.
    • 1599 — , , iv 1 And chide the cripple tardy-gaited night, who, like a foul and ugly witch, doth limp so tediously away.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often offensive) a person who has severely impaired physical abilities because of deformation, injury, or amputation of parts of the body. He returned from war a cripple.
    • Dryden I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my mind, the reader must determine.
  2. A shortened wood stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
  3. (dialect, Southern US except Louisiana) scrapple.
  4. (among lumbermen) A rocky shallow in a stream.
Synonyms: disabled person
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability The car bomb crippled five passers-by.
  2. (figuratively) to damage serious; to destroy My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.
  3. to release a product (especially a computer program) with reduced functionality, in some cases, making the item essentially worthless. The word processor was released in a crippled demonstration version that did not allow you to save.
  • clipper
crippled pronunciation
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  1. (usually offensive) Having a less than fully functional limb, or injuries which prevent full mobility. 1848 "A crippled man, twenty years older than you, whom you will have to wait on?" — Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, Chapter 17.
  2. (usually offensive) Having any difficulty or impediment which can be likened to a crippling injury. 1893 The Percy Driscoll estate was in such a crippled shape when its owner died that it could pay only sixty percent of its great indebtedness, and was settled at that rate. — Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson.
  • noncrippled
  • uncrippled
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  1. en-past of cripple
crippleware {{wikipedia}} etymology cripple + ware pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, computing, chiefly, derogatory) A program whose functionality is severely limited beyond that of shareware, often in the interest of its author having the crippleware user make a purchase of the uncrippled program.
related terms:
  • abandonware
  • adware
  • baitware
  • bloatware
  • censorware
  • demoware
  • donationware
  • freeware
  • malware
  • postcardware
  • shareware
  • software
  • trialware
crispy pronunciation
  • /ˈkrɪs.pi/
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etymology crisp + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. having a crisp texture; brittle yet tender. These biscuits are very crispy. Baked rolls should be crispy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The well-baked fat on the surface of a piece of roasted meat.
criss-cross applesauce etymology {{der-top}} Rhyming on criss-cross, particularly with a word familiar to children and teachers, possibly with similarity to lap forming a bowl. Apparently originated in the 1990s US, as a politically correct alternative for Indian style. Compare also traditional children’s rhyming game / massage (rhyme said while touching, tickling, and blowing), which goes: Criss, cross. Apple sauce. Spiders climbing up your back. Spiders here, Spiders there. Spiders even in your hair. Cool breeze, Tight squeeze, And now you have the shivers. Brrrrrrr. —YouTube video demonstrating {{der-bottom}}
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  1. (childish, US, regional, idiomatic) (of sitting) cross-legged
Generally used by nursery school and primary school teachers to children, sometimes followed by “spoons in the bowl” to mean “hands in your lap”, strengthening analogy with a bowl of applesauce; alternatively, “spoons in your bowl”, “spoons in your lap”. Spelling varies, as it is primarily said, not written, but “criss-cross applesauce” and “criss cross applesauce” are most common. Synonyms: cross-legged, Indian style, tailor-fashion
etymology 1 From criticism, by shortening
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Criticism.
  2. (informal) Critique.
  3. (informal) A proponent of critical legal studies.
  4. (cycling) A criterium race.
etymology 2 Short form of critical hit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A critical hit as used in role playing games.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To exact damage from a critical hit. Wall of text crits you for 2K.
croak etymology From Middle English *croken, crouken, (also represented by craken > crake), back-formation from Old English cracettan (also in derivative cræccettung), from Proto-Germanic *krāk- (compare Swedish kråka, German krächzen), from Proto-Indo-European *greh₂-k- 〈*greh₂-k-〉 (compare Latin grāculus ‘jackdaw’, Serbo-Croatian ). pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /krəʊk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A faint, harsh sound made in the throat.
  2. The cry of a frog or toad. (see also ribbit)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a croak.
  2. (transitive) To utter in a low, hoarse voice.
    • Shakespeare The raven himself is hoarse, / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan.
  3. (intransitive, of a frog) To make its cry.
  4. (intransitive, of a raven) To make its cry.
  5. (slang) To die.
  6. (transitive, slang) To kill someone or something. He'd seen my face, so I had to croak him.
  7. To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.
    • Carlyle Marat … croaks with reasonableness.
croaker etymology croak + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who croak.
  2. A vocal pessimist, grumbler, or doomsayer.
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    • 1915, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear "It is my advice," the speaker continued, "that we go easier upon the small men. On the day that they have all been driven out the power of this society will have been broken." Unwelcome truths are not popular. There were angry cries as the speaker resumed his seat. McGinty rose with gloom upon his brow. "Brother Morris," said he, "you were always a croaker..."
  3. A frog.
  4. A fish in the family Sciaenidae, known for the throbbing sounds they make.
  5. (slang) A doctor.
    • Around 1900, O. Henry, "Lungs," said McGuire comprehensively. "I got it. The croaker says I'll come to time for six months longer—maybe a year if I hold my gait.
croc pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A crocodile.
crock pronunciation
  • /kɹɒk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English crokke, from Old English crocc, crocca, from Proto-Germanic *krukkō, *krukkô, from Proto-Indo-European *k(')rōug(')-, *k(')rōuk(')-. Cognate with Dutch kruik, German Krug, Danish krukke, Icelandic krukka, Old English crōg, crōh. See also cruse.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stoneware or earthenware jar or storage container.
    • 1590-96, , , 1750, The Works of Spenser, Volume 3, page 181, Therefore the Vulgar did about him flock / And cluster thick unto his leaſings vain; / Like fooliſh Flies about an Honey-Crock; / In hope by him great Benefit to gain, / And uncontrolled Freedom to obtain.
  2. A piece of broken pottery, a shard.
  3. (UK) A person who is physically limited by age, illness or injury. Old crocks’ home = home for the aged
    • 1925, , , Gutenberg Australia eBook #0300621, He was getting very proud of the way he had learned to manage his game leg, and it occurred to him that here was a chance of testing his balance.…“Not so bad that, for a crock,” he told himself, as he lay full length in the sun watching the faint line of the Haripol hills overtopping the ridge of Crask.
    • 1932, Helen Simpson, Boomerang, Gutenberg Australia eBook #0800611, He was in love with a girl, whose full name he did not tell me, and whom he had not seen for two years. She was a Lady Diana Someone, so much I knew, very lovely, a sort of relation, and he believed he had a chance if only the doctors could do something to help his asthma. “Can′t ask a girl to marry a crock.”
  4. (UK) An old or broken-down vehicle (and formerly a horse). Old crocks race = veteran car rally
  5. (slang, countable and uncountable) Silly talk, a foolish belief, a poor excuse, nonsense. That is a bunch of crock. The story is a crock.
  6. A low stool.
    • 1709, (), , 1822, Alexander Chalmers (editor), The Tatler, 2007 Facsimile Edition, page 12, I then inquired for the person that belonged to the petticoat; and, to my great surprise, was directed to a very beautiful young damsel, with so pretty a face and shape, that I bid her come out of the crowd, and seated her upon a little crock at my left hand.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To break something or injure someone.
    • 1904, P.G. Wodehouse, : "That last time I brought down Barry I crocked him. He's in his study now with a sprained ankle. ..."
    • 2007 January 3, Daily Mirror:
    Thousands of cars crocked by dodgy fuel
    • 2006 April 30, The Sunday Times:
    Ferreira ... peremptorily expunges England’s World Cup chances by crocking Wayne Rooney.
  2. (textiles, leatherworking) To transfer coloring through abrasion from one item to another.
    • 1917, John H. Pfingsten, "Colouring-matter for leather and method of using the same" , US Patent 1371572, page 1: thus producing a permanent, definite color thereon which will not fade or crock, and at the same time using up all of the coloring matter.
    • 1964, Isabel Barnum Wingate, Know Your Merchandise , page 109:
    Colored fabrics should be dried separately for the first few times to prevent crocking (rubbing off of dye).
    • 2002, Sandy Scrivano, Sewing With Leather & Suede , ISBN 1579902731, page 95:
    In leather garments, lining also prevents crocking of color onto skin or garments worn underneath.
  3. (horticulture) To cover the drain holes of a planter with stones or similar material, in order to ensure proper drainage.
    • 1900, H.A. Burberry, The Amateur Orchid Cultivators' Guide Book , page 21: The pots should be crocked for drainage to one-half their depth and the plants made moderately firm in the compost, as already indicated...
  4. (transitive) To store (butter, etc.) in a crock. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Compare Welsh croeg, Scots crochit, covered.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The loose black particles collected from combustion, as on pots and kettles, or in a chimney; soot; smut.
  2. Colouring matter that rubs off from cloth.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To give off crock or smut.
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crock of shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) false information. What a crock of shit.
crocodile {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French cocodril (modern crocodile), from Malayalam cocodrillus, from Latin crocodilus, from Ancient Greek κροκόδειλος 〈krokódeilos〉. The word was later refashioned after the Latin and Greek forms. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkrɒkədaɪl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of the predatory amphibious reptile of the family Crocodylidae; (loosely) a crocodilian, any species of the order Crocodilia, which also includes the alligator, caiman and gavial.
    • 2005, Mwelwa Musambachime, Basic Facts on Zambia, page 97, Industrial and rural expansion is shrinking and destroying the Nile crocodile's natural habitat. The Nile crocodiles, in particular, have been a source of highly durable leather for a variety of products which can be crafted and manufactured.
    • 2008, Walkter B. Wood, Chapter 16: Forensic Identification in Fatal Crocodile Attacks, Marc Oxenham (editor), Forensic Approaches to Death, Disaster and Abuse, page 244, Two species of crocodile inhabit Australian waterways: (a) the saltwater CrocodileCrocodylus porosus, and (b) the freshwater crocodileCrocodylus johnstoni.
    • 2011, Sam Thaker, The Crocodile's Teeth, page 31, One contained some brightly-coloured tropical birds, one a python and the other a large and very lively crocodile. I told the customer that the boxes containing the crocodile and the python were not packed to my satisfaction, as there were not enough nails securing them.
  2. A long line or procession of people (especially children) walking together.
    • 1939, George Orwell, Coming Up for Air, part 2, chapter 8 Sometimes the kids from the slap-up boys' schools in Eastbourne used to be led round in crocodiles to hand out fags and peppermint creams to the 'wounded Tommies', as they called us.
  3. (logic) A fallacious dilemma, mythically supposed to have been first used by a crocodile.
    • Maria Edgeworth We have seen syllogisms, crocodiles, enthymemas, sorites, &c. explained and tried upon a boy of nine or ten years old in playful conversation…
Synonyms: (predatory amphibious reptile) croc (informal)
related terms:
  • crocodilian
cromulent {{Wikipedia}} etymology A humorous neologism coin by television writer . It first appeared in the 1996 episode . Ends in -ent similar to excellent. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈkɹɑmjələnt/
  • (RP) /ˈkɹɒmjʊlənt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Fine, acceptable or normal; excellent, realistic, legitimate or authentic.
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crony etymology Coined between 1655 and 1665 from Ancient Greek χρόνιος 〈chrónios〉 (English chrono-,{{R:Merriam Webster Online}} initially as Cambridge University slang,[ "Crony" at][ AskOxford: crony]Richard Reeves, NS Essay – “[ Friendship is the invisible thread running through society.]” April 19, 2004“[ Cronyism: The New Sleaze.]” BBC News. December 23, 1998 in sense of “chum”, as “friend of long standing”,“[ The I’s Have It]”, {{w|William Safire}}, ''{{w|The New York Times}}''. October 30, 2005 with illegal connotation later.“[ That Single Word.]” Juan L. Mercado, ''The Ilocos Times,'' September 24, 2006 Early spellings included chrony, as in 1665 diary by Samuel Pepys, supporting the Greek origin. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈkɹoʊni/
  • (RP) /ˈkɹəʊni/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Close friend.
    • Washington Irving He soon found his former cronies, though all rather the worse for the wear and tear of time.
  2. (informal) Trusted companion or partner in a criminal organization.
  3. (obsolete) An old woman; a crone.
    • Burton Marry not an old crony.
Synonyms: See also
  • corny
  • croyn
crook pronunciation
  • /kɹʊk/
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etymology 1 From Middle English croke, crok, from Old English *, from Proto-Germanic *krōkaz, from Proto-Indo-European *greg-. Cognate with Dutch kreuk, gml kroke, krake, Danish krog, Swedish krok, Icelandic krókur.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bend; turn; curve; curvature; a flexure. exampleShe held the baby in the crook of her arm.
    • Thomas Phaer (c.1510-1560) through lanes, and crooks, and darkness
  2. A bending of the knee; a genuflection.
  3. A bent or curved part; a curving piece or portion (of anything). examplethe crook of a cane
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the 'crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  4. (obsolete) A lock or curl of hair.
  5. (obsolete) A gibbet.
  6. (obsolete) A support beam consisting of a post with a cross-beam resting upon it; a bracket or truss consisting of a vertical piece, a horizontal piece, and a strut.
  7. A shepherd's crook; a staff with a semi-circular bend ("hook") at one end used by shepherd.
    • 1970, The New English Bible with the Apocrypha, Oxford Study Edition, published 1976, Oxford University Press, Psalms 23-4, p.583: Even though I walk through a / valley dark as death / I fear no evil, for thou art with me, / thy staff and thy crook are my / comfort.
  8. A bishop's staff of office.
  9. An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
    • Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) for all your brags, hooks, and crooks
  10. A person who steals, lies, cheats or does other dishonest or illegal things; a criminal.
    • 1973 November 17, Richard Nixon, reported 1973 November 18, The Washington Post, Nixon Tells Editors, ‘I'm Not a Crook’, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I′m not a crook. I′ve earned everything I′ve got."
  11. A pothook.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) as black as the crook
  12. (music) A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.
Synonyms: (criminal) See
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bend. He crooked his finger toward me.
    • Shakespeare Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee.
    • 1917, , (translator), Part 4, Chapter 5, “…In the following cases: physical defect in the married parties, desertion without communication for five years,” he said, crooking a short finger covered with hair….
  2. To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist.
    • Ascham There is no one thing that crooks youth more than such unlawful games.
    • Francis Bacon Whatsoever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends.
etymology 2 From crooked. [ Australian National Dictionary Centre Home » Australian words » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » C]
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Bad, unsatisfactory, not up to standard. That work you did on my car is crook, mate Not turning up for training was pretty crook. Things are crook at Tallarook.
    • 2004, , A Cry from the Dark, [http//|be+crook+at%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=R4QzT82mDY7qmAWVqN2DAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22are|be%20crook%20at%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 21], “Things are crook at home at the moment.” “They′re always crook at my home.”
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Ill, sick. I′m feeling a bit crook.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Annoyed, angry; upset. be crook at/about; go crook at
    • 2006, Jimmy Butt, Felicity Dargan, I've Been Bloody Lucky: The Story of an Orphan Named Jimmy Butt, [http//|gone|went+crook+at%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0oUzT8KBE4X5mAX58pWJAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22go|gone|went%20crook%20at%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 17], Ann explained to the teacher what had happened and the nuns went crook at me too.
    • 2007, Jo Wainer, Bess, Lost: Illegal Abortion Stories, [http//|gone|went+crook+at%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0oUzT8KBE4X5mAX58pWJAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22go|gone|went%20crook%20at%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 159], I went home on the tram, then Mum went crook at me because I was late getting home—I had tickets for Mum and her friend to go to the Regent that night and she was annoyed because I was late.
    • 2007, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Don′t Take Your Love to Town, [http//|gone|went+crook+at%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KYozT_ndH8_omAX1ovSSAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22go|gone|went%20crook%20at%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 100], I went crook at them for not telling me and as soon as she was well enough I took her home to the camping area and she soon picked up.
    • 2009, Carolyn Landon, Cups With No Handles: Memoir of a Grassroots Activist, [http//|gone|went+crook+at%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0oUzT8KBE4X5mAX58pWJAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22go|gone|went%20crook%20at%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 234], Mum went crook at me for wasting money, but when Don got a job and spent all his money on a racing bike, she didn′t say a thing to him.
Synthetic comparative and superlative forms (crooker, crookest) also find frequent use.
crossbow Alternative forms: xbow (informal) etymology From late Middle English; equivalent to cross + bow. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkrɒsbəʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mechanised weapon, based on the bow and arrow, which fires bolt.
related terms:
  • bolt
  • quarrel
cross-dresser pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkrɒsˌdrɛ.sə/
  • (US) /ˈkrɑsˌdrɛ.sɚ/, /ˈkrɔsˌdrɛ.sɚ/
Alternative forms: CD, CDer, crossdresser, XD, x-dresser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who wears clothing which society considers appropriate only for members of the opposite sex.
This term is used in casual register; the Latinate transvestite is more formal. Synonyms: transvestite (pejorative/clinical)
related terms:
  • cross-dress
  • cross-dressing
cross-eyed Alternative forms: crosseyed (US)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British) Having both eye oriented inward, especially involuntarily.
cross swords {{was wotd}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: cross, sword, to place or hold two swords so they cross each other.
  2. To fight with someone; to duel.
  3. (idiomatic) To quarrel or argue with someone; to have a dispute with someone.
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  4. (idiomatic, vulgar) For males, to urinate simultaneously such that the streams intersect.
Synonyms: (to have a dispute with someone) lock horns
cross the floor {{wikipedia}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, politics, of a member of a parliament) To vote against one’s own political party in parliament.
  2. (UK, informal, politics, of a member of a parliament) To resign from one’s political party and join another party, resulting in moving from one’s currently assigned desk or seat in the legislative chamber to a new desk or seat physically located with the other members of one’s new party.
    • 2007, Philip Webster and Francis Elliott, “How Brown led his latest recruit across the floor,” Times of London, 27 Jun. (retrieved 9 Nov. 2008), Two weeks ago, Mr Davies intimated to Mr Brown that he was ready to cross the floor.
  • Potentially applicable to any parliament structured according to the Westminster system (and only such parliaments).
Synonyms: cross the aisle
crotch etymology From Middle English crotche, croche also in unassilibated form croke, "a shepherd's crook", from Old French croche; merged with Middle English cruche, crucche. More at crook, crutch. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /kɹɑtʃ/
  • (RP) /kɹɒtʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The area where something fork or branch, a ramification takes place. There is a child sitting in a crotch of that tree.
  2. The (ventral) area of a person’s body where the leg fork from the trunk Every mile they rode their crotches felt worse saddlepain.
  3. (slang, euphemistic) Either the male or female genitalia. He cringed at being kicked in the crotch.
  4. (billiards) In the three-ball carom game, a small space at each corner of the table.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To provide with a crotch; to give the form of a crotch to. to crotch the ends of ropes in splicing or tying knots
  2. (transitive, logging, historical, US, western US) To notch (a log) on opposite sides to provide a grip for the dog that will haul it.
crotchal etymology crotch + al
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of, pertaining to, or located in the crotch.
    • 2005, Adrienne Miller, The Coast of Akron, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2011), ISBN 9781429932158, unnumbered page: He was wearing black leather pants, rather tight in the crotchal area.
    • 2012, Gina Damico, Croak, Graphia (2012), ISBN 9780547608327, page 90: “It's like announcing to the world that you have crabs. It's embarrassing, and no one'll ever shake your hand again.” “But these feelings are not ones of crotchal itching,” she said {{…}}
    • 2013, Mark Henry, Parts & Wreck, Entangled Publishing (2013), ISBN 9781622663675, unnumbered page: Luce's gaze was unconsciously drawn to what we'll call Wade's “crotchal area.”
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Synonyms: groinal, inguinal
crotch critter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A sexually transmitted disease, particularly pubic lice.
    • 2008, , Unleashed, Simon Pulse (2008), ISBN 9781416546269, page 21: "Oh. Remember Monday I was complaining about Geneva Jones being in my health class? Wondering why bother since she's already got every crotch critter in the textbook?"
  2. (slang, derogatory) A child.
Synonyms: (child) see also .
crotch dropping Alternative forms: crotch-dropping, crotchdropping
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A child; offspring.
    • 2008, , Certain Girls, Washington Square Press (2008), ISBN 9780743294256, page 157: {{…}} And when I looked myself up on the Internet this morning, some alternative weekly called Joy my crotch dropping."
Synonyms: See also .
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crotch dumpling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory) A child.
Synonyms: See also .
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crotch fruit Alternative forms: crotchfruit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A child; offspring.
    • 2000, 27 October, Brenda Bolliver, Serves her right,,, “Who in their right freaking mind would take a 30-hour flight with ANY child, let alone an infant in diapers! {{…}} I would hate to have been a passenger on that plane with her and her poop factory crotch fruit!”
    • 2003, Nancy K. Stade, The Desert Crop, (2003), ISBN 9781847289100, page 31: "My patients read so much shit they think they can't make a crotch fruit after they turn thirty," …
    • 2011, Eric Peters, Road Hogs: Detroit's Big, Beautiful Luxury Performance Cars of the 1960s and 1970s, MBI Publishing (2011), ISBN 9780760337646, page 137: A time existed when wagons weren't wimpy crotch-fruit conveyances — or SUVs suffering from an identity crisis.
Synonyms: See also .
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crotchling etymology crotch + ling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A child.
Synonyms: See also .
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crotch rocket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) A high-performance street motorcycle.
crow's age
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A very long time.
Synonyms: coon's age, dog's age
crow's nest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A small open-top shelter, originally a cask, on the top of the foremast, large enough to accommodate a lookout. It was used by whaler to watch for a blow (spout), or in icebound waters to seek a channel.
related terms:
  • top, foretop
crowbar hotel
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) jail
    • 1981, Watson Parker, Deadwood: The Golden Years, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 080328702X, pg. 190: Many unfortunate suckers, finding themselves losers, even in an honest game, became obstreperous, and the services of the bouncer, or even of a resident gunhand, might be required to pacify them, after which the complainant would be hauled to the crowbar hotel to recover enough of his equanimity to appear peacefully before a justice of the peace.
    • 1983, Orland French, "Gnomes grind out the gems," The Globe and Mail, October 21, 1983: Correctional Services Minister Nick Leluk often refers to his "guests" in his chain of "hotels". What do these guests have to do to earn their keep in Ontario's crowbar hotels?
    • 2007, Dave Perkins, "NFL will paper over Vick scandal," Toronto Star, Aug 22, 2007, : If Vick gets 18 months in the crowbar hotel, as speculated, that essentially means two seasons away from the NFL.
croweater etymology From crow + eater. Early settlers in South Australia were alleged to have eaten the breast meat of crows, parrots and cockatoos when there was a shortage of red meat. The term croweater entered the lexicon in the late 1800s. Alternative forms: crow eater
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A person from South Australia.
    • 2008, , Harves: Strength Through Loyalty, [http//|%22croweaters%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7rEzT6WYK-_umAWZhLWRAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22croweater%22|%22croweaters%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 137], In those days we would play the Croweaters on a Tuesday night over in Adelaide.
    • 2009, John P. Devaney, Full Points Footy: Encyclopedia of Australian Football Clubs, [http//|%22croweaters%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wa4zT-StNdDzmAXKgYGGAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22croweater%22|%22croweaters%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 328], In the event, Carlton′s ‘worm’, Alex Jesaulenko, was comprehensively upstaged by his croweater rival, Barrie Robran, who in the end probably proved the decisive difference between the two sides.
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, Punch & Judy: The Double Disillusion Election of 2010, Large Print 16pt edition, [http//|%22croweaters%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wa4zT-StNdDzmAXKgYGGAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22croweater%22|%22croweaters%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 109], The moderates, led by Joe Hockey and Chris Pyne (who refers to his fellow croweater in terms that are unprintable even in the most enlightened media), were delighted.
The term is not considered derogatory.[ Croweater] ABC News Radio.
crown {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From xno coroune, curune, Old French corone (French couronne), from Latin corona pronunciation
  • (RP) /kraʊn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A royal, imperial or princely headdress; a diadem.
  2. (heraldry) A representation of such a headdress, as in heraldry; it may even be that only the image exists, no physical crown, as in the case of the kingdom of Belgium; by analogy such crowns can be awarded to moral persons that don't even have a head, as the mural crown for cities in heraldry
  3. A wreath or band for the head, especially one given as reward of victory or a mark of honor.
  4. (by extension) Any reward of victory or a mark of honor.
  5. Imperial or regal power, or those who wield it.
  6. The sovereign (in a monarchy), as head of state.
    • Blackstone Parliament may be dissolved by the demise of the crown.
  7. (by extension, especially in legal) The state, the government (headed by a monarch). Treasure recovered from shipwrecks automatically becomes property of the Crown.
    • Macaulay Large arrears of pay were due to the civil and military servants of the crown.
  8. The topmost part of the head.
    • Shakespeare From toe to crown he'll fill our skin with pinches.
    • Bunyan Twenty things which I set down: / This done, I twenty more had in my crown.
  9. The highest part of a hill.
    • Dryden the steepy crown of the bare mountains
  10. The top section of a hat, above the brim.
  11. The raised centre of a road.
  12. The highest part of an arch.
  13. Splendor; culmination; acme.
    • Milton mutual love, the crown of all our bliss
  14. Any currency (originally) issued by the crown (regal power) and often bearing a crown (headdress); (translation) various currencies known by similar names in their native languages, such as the koruna, kruna, krone
    1. (historical) Particularly, a former pre-decimalization British coin worth five shilling.
      • 1859, J.C. Hotten, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Half-a-crown is known as an {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, and a {{smallcaps}}; whilst a crown piece, or five shilling, may be called either a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}.
  15. (botany) The part of a plant where the root and stem meet.
  16. (forestry) The top of a tree.
  17. (anatomy) The part of a tooth above the gums.
  18. (dentistry) A prosthetic covering for a tooth.
  19. (nautical) A knot formed in the end of a rope by tucking in the strands to prevent them from unravelling
  20. (nautical) The part of an anchor where the arms and the shank meet
  21. (nautical) The rounding, or rounded part, of the deck from a level line.
  22. (nautical, in the plural) The bight formed by the turns of a cable. {{rfquotek}}
  23. (paper) A standard size of printing paper measuring 20 inches x 15 inches.
  24. (chemistry) A monocyclic ligand having three or more binding sites, capable of holding a guest in a central location
  25. (medical) During childbirth, the appearance of the baby's head from the mother's vagina
    • 2007, David Schottke, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, First Responder: Your First Response in Emergency Care, page 385 You will see the baby's head crowning during contractions, at which time you must prepare to assist the mother in the delivery of the baby.
  26. (firearms) A rounding or smoothing of the barrel opening
  27. The upper range of facet in a rose diamond.
  28. The dome of a furnace.
  29. (geometry) The area enclosed between two concentric perimeter.
  30. (religion) A round spot shaved clean on the top of the head, as a mark of the clerical state; the tonsure.
  31. A whole turkey with the leg and wing removed to produce a joint of white meat.
  32. (African-American colloquialism) A formal hat worn by women to Sunday church services; elliptical for church crown.
    • 2013, Adam Boulton, Tony's Ten Years: Memories of the Blair Administration "His [Barack Obama's] unofficial slogan 'fired up and ready to go!' was borrowed from an 'old lady in a church crown [Sunday best hat]."
Synonyms: (reward of victory or a mark of honor) award, garland, honor/honour, prize, wreath, (royal, imperial or princely headdress) coronet, (representation of such a headdress), (wreath or band for the head) garland, wreath, (imperial or regal power) monarchy, royalty, (of the head) apex, top, (of a hill) apex, peak, summit, top, (centre of a road), (highest part of an arch), (of a hat) top, (splendor, finish, culmination) completion, culmination, finish, splendor/splendour, (currency), (British coin) caser, tusheroon, tush, tosheroon, tosh, bull, caroon, thick-un, coachwheel, cartwheel, (part of plant), (anatomy: part of tooth) corona, (dentistry: prosthetic covering for a tooth)
  • (of a hill) base, bottom, foot
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, related to, or pertaining to a crown. crown prince
  2. Of, related to, pertaining to the top of a tree or trees. a crown fire
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To place a crown on the head of.
  2. To formally declare (someone) a king, queen, emperor, etc.
    • Dryden Her who fairest does appear, / Crown her queen of all the year.
  3. To bestow something upon as a mark of honour, dignity, or recompense; to adorn; to dignify.
    • Bible, Psalms viii. 5 Thou … hast crowned him with glory and honour.
  4. To form the topmost or finishing part of; to complete; to consummate; to perfect.
    • Byron the grove that crowns yon tufted hill
    • Motley To crown the whole, came a proposition.
  5. To declare (someone) a winner.
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  6. (medicine) Of a baby, during the birth process; for the surface of the baby's head to appear in the vaginal opening. exampleThe mother was in the second stage of labor and the fetus had just crowned, prompting a round of encouragement from the midwives.
  7. (transitive) To cause to round upward; to make anything higher at the middle than at the edges, such as the face of a machine pulley.
  8. To hit on the head.
  9. (video games) To shoot an opponent in the back of the head with a shotgun in a first-person shooter video game.
  10. (board games) In checkers, to stack two checkers to indicate that the piece has become a king. exampleCrown me!” I said, as I moved my checker to the back row.
  11. (firearms) To widen the opening of the barrel.
  12. (military) To effect a lodgment upon, as upon the crest of the glacis, or the summit of the breach.
  13. (nautical) To lay the ends of the strands of (a knot) over and under each other.
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) past participle of crow
    • Byron The cock had crown.
crown cap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of bottle cap made by pressing a circular piece of metal around the top of the bottle.
Synonyms: crown cork, crown seal
translation: {{trans-top}}
  • Finnish: fi
  • German: de
  • Portuguese: pt
  • French: fr
  • Spanish: es (informal), es (informal, Mexico)
crown jewels
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. plural of crown jewel
  2. (literally) the jewelry that accompany the office of rulership in a monarchy. I.e., crown, scepter, signet ring, etc. The crown jewels in the United Kingdom are heavily guarded and anyone trying to steal them will certainly have a hard time.
  3. (idiomatic) The male genitalia The whole crowd cringed as he got kicked in his crown jewels.
Synonyms: (Male genitalia) family jewels
related terms:
  • For countable senses see: crown jewel
Croydon facelift
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK slang, derogatory) A hairstyle, supposedly favoured by chav, in which the hair is pulled tightly back from the face and fastened behind the head, thus pulling the features up and back and (unintentionally) giving an effect similar to a facelift.
crucial etymology 1706, from French crucial, a medical term for ligaments of the knee (which cross each other), from Latin crux (English crux), from the Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker-. The meaning “decisive, critical” is extended from a logical term, Instantias Crucis, adopted by Francis Bacon in his influential Novum Organum (1620); the notion is of cross fingerboard signposts at forking roads, thus a requirement to choose. Specific quote is:''{{w|Novum Organum}},'' {{w|Francis Bacon}}, Book Two, “Aphorisms”, Section XXXVI Inter praerogativas instantiarum, ponemus loco decimo quarto Instantias Crucis; translato vocabulo a Crucibus, quae erectae in biviis indicant et signant viarum separationes. pronunciation
  • /ˈkruː.ʃəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Being essential or decisive for determining the outcome or future of something; extremely important. exampleThe battle of Tali-Ihantala in 1944 is one of the crucial moments in the history of Finland. exampleA secure supply of crude oil is crucial for any modern nation, let alone a superpower.
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  2. (archaic) Cruciform or cruciate; cross-shaped.
  3. (slang, chiefly, Jamaica) Term of approval, particularly when applied to reggae music. exampleDelbert Wilkins is the most crucial pirate radio DJ in Brixton.
related terms:
  • cross
  • crux
crucify etymology Old French crucefier, from Latin crucifigo. pronunciation
  • /ˈkruːsɪfaɪ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To execute (a person) by nail to a cross.
  2. To punish or otherwise express extreme anger at, especially as a scapegoat or target of outrage. exampleAfter his public gaffe, he was crucified in the media.
    • 1992, Tori Amos, Crucify (song) I crucify myself and nothing I do is good enough for you.
  3. (informal) To thoroughly beat at a sport or game. exampleWest Ham beat Manchester City five nil - they crucified them!
related terms:
  • crucifix
  • crucifixion
crud etymology Said to be a metathesis variant of Middle English curd, which would be an unconscious return to the original form. pronunciation
  • /kɹʌd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Dirt, filth or refuse.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Something of poor quality.
  3. Mixed impurities, especially corrosion products in nuclear reactor fuel.
  4. A heavy wet snow on which it is difficult to ski.
  5. (euphemistic) Feces; excrement.
  6. A contemptible person.
  7. (slang, US, military and students) venereal disease, or (later) any disease.
  8. A fast-paced game, loosely based on billiards or pool, with many players participating at the same time.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Non-vulgar interjection expressing annoyance, anxiety, etc.; sugar, damn.
  • curd
cruddy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Full of crud
  2. (slang) crummy, lousy, worthless
  3. (slang) annoying, irritating
  4. (obsolete) coagulate
    • Spenser His cruel wounds with cruddy blood congeal'd.
crudware etymology crud + ware pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Crapware.
Synonyms: cheeseware, coasterware, crapware, shitware (vulgar)
cruel etymology Middle English, from Old French, from Latin crūdēlis, akin to crūdus; see crude. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /kɹuːəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not nice; mean; heartless. The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.
  2. (slang) Cool; awesome; neat.
Synonyms: brutal, sadistic, vicious
  • merciful
related terms:
  • crude
  • crudeness
  • cruelty
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)
  • lucre
  • ulcer
cruft {{wikipedia}} etymology Uncertain: possibly from Cruft Hall, the name of the radar laboratory of 's physics department during the Second World War, which contained much old and unused technical equipment; possibly a blend of crust and fluff, both of which suggest things that are obsolete and superfluous; possibly a modified form of crust. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Anything old or of inferior quality.
  2. (computing, informal) Redundant, old or improperly written code, especially that which accumulates over time; clutter.
cruftiness etymology crufty + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) Quality of being crufty.
    • 2002, Michael D. Bauer, Building Secure Servers with Linux (page 205) Regardless of one's opinions on Sendmail's cruftiness, it's unquestionably a powerful and well-supported piece of software.
cruftware etymology cruft + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) Redundant, old or improperly written software code, especially that which accumulates over time.
crufty etymology cruft + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (computing, informal) Relating to or containing cruft.
  2. (computing, informal) Poorly built and overly-complex, and unpleasant.
  3. {{rfdef}}
    • The wild coast, Jan Carew, 1972, “All these years I been living with you we en't go nowhere. You want a beast of burden, not a woman. Because you is a big, crufty, niggerman with the strength of an ox and a mind big and empty like midday sky you think me is the same.”
cruise Alternative forms: cruize etymology Borrowing from Dutch kruisen, from kruis, from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kruːz/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sea or lake voyage, especially one taken for pleasure.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.”
  2. (aeronautics) portion of aircraft travel at a constant airspeed and altitude between ascent and descent phases
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To sail about, especially for pleasure.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous,{{nb...}}.
  2. (intransitive) To travel at constant speed for maximum operating efficiency.
  3. (transitive) To move about an area leisurely in the hope of discovering something, or looking for custom.
  4. (ambitransitive, forestry) To inspect (forest land) for the purpose of estimating the quantity of lumber it will yield.
  5. (transitive, colloquial) To active seek a romantic partner or casual sexual partner by moving about a particular area; to troll.
  6. (intransitive, child development) To walk while holding on to an object (stage in development of ambulation, typically occurring at 10 months).
  7. (intransitive, sports) To win easily and convincingly. exampleGermany cruised to a World Cup victory over the short-handed Australians.
  • curies
cruisy etymology cruise + y Alternative forms: cruisey
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of music) suitable to listen to when driving leisurely.
  2. (skiing, of a piste) leisurely
  3. (colloquial, of a place) suitable for finding sexual partner (especially for homosexual).
    • 2000, Access Press, Access Gay USA Will Rogers State Beach is a cruisy gay beach, always lots of people and lots of fun.
crumb {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English crumme, cromme, crume, crome, from Old English cruma, from Proto-Germanic *krumô, *krūmô, from Proto-Indo-European *grū-mo-, from *ger-. The b is excrescent, as in limb and climb; and appeared in the mid 15th century to match crumble and words like dumb, numb, thumb. Cognate with Dutch kruim, Low German Krome, Krume, German Krume, Danish krumme, Swedish dialectal krumma, Swedish ininkråm, Icelandic krumur, Latin grūmus. pronunciation
  • /kɹʌm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small piece which breaks off from baked food (such as cake, biscuit or bread). exampleThe pigeons were happily pecking at crumbs of bread on the ground.
    • Bible, Gospel of Luke xvi. 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
  2. (figuratively) A bit, small amount. examplea crumb of comfort
  3. The soft internal portion of bread, surrounded by crust.
    • Old song Dust unto dust, what must be, must; / If you can't get crumb, you'd best eat crust.
  4. A mixture of sugar, cocoa and milk, used to make industrial chocolate.
  5. (slang) A nobody, worthless person.
  6. (slang) A body louse.
Synonyms: (crumbled food) crumbling, (small amount) see also .
related terms:
  • crumble
  • crumpet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cover with crumbs.
  2. To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers; to crumble. to crumb bread
related terms:
  • crumple
crumb cruncher Alternative forms: crumb-cruncher, crumbcruncher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous or pejorative) A child.
    • 2010, , Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence, & Change Your Life in 5 Days, Revell (2010), ISBN 9780800719333, page 65: When you get the wedding photos back and see that one of the six-year-old crumb crunchers has pulled his shirttail out of his fly, therefore spoiling the portrait, two to one says he's a lastborn.
Synonyms: See also .
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crumb crusher Alternative forms: crumb-crusher, crumbcrusher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (African American Vernacular English, slang) A child.
    • 2007, Francine Craft, The Way You Make Me Feel, Kimani Press (2007), ISBN 9781552549735, page 113: "How many crumb crushers should we have?"
Synonyms: See also .
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crumb grinder Alternative forms: crumbgrinder
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous or, pejorative) A child.
Synonyms: See also .
  • {{seemoreCites}}
crumb snatcher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or pejorative) A young child.
Synonyms: rugrat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An objectionable or foolish person.
    • 1987, , Centennial, ISBN 9780449214190, p. 9: Don't let this crumbum talk you into doing his dirty work. He's known as the literary pimp of Sixth Avenue.
related terms:
  • crumb
  • crummy
crummy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) bad; poor Do not bother buying crummy knives if you are serious about cooking.
  2. (dated) Full of crumb or crumbs; crumby.
  3. (dated) Soft, like the crumb of bread; not crusty.
  • Nouns to which "crummy" (bad, poor) is often applied: job, weather, hotel, thing, town, life, movie, food, world, school, idea, person.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, British Columbia and U.S. Pacific Northwest) Small van, bus, or railway car used to transport loggers or other resource workers to and from the worksite. A common term when referring to a vehicle with a compartment separate from the cab, housing the silvicultural, logging or mining crew during transport.
crumpet etymology 17th century, either from crompid cake, from crompid, form of crumpen; cognate to crumpled. Alternate etymology is from cel; compare Breton krampouezh. Sense of “desirable woman” attested 1936, possibly as cockney rhyming slang for strumpet; alternatively, compare tart (itself possibly cockney rhyming slang for heart or sweetheart). pronunciation
  • krŭm'pĭt,
  • /ˈkrʌmpɪt/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of savoury cake, typically flat and round, made from batter and yeast, containing many small holes and served toast, usually with butter.
  2. (British, slang, uncountable) A person (or, collectively, persons) considered sexually desirable. Joan Bakewell was famously described as "the thinking man's crumpet". John and his mates have gone out to find themselves some crumpet.
related terms:
  • crumple, crumpled
crunch {{wikipedia}} etymology From earlier craunch, cranch, of imitative origin. pronunciation
  • (UK) /kɹʌntʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To crush something, especially food, with a noisy crackling sound. exampleWhen I came home, Susan was watching TV with her feet up on the couch, crunching a piece of celery.
    • Lord Byron (1788-1824) Their white tusks crunched o'er the whiter skull.
  2. To be crushed with a noisy crackling sound. exampleBeetles crunched beneath the men's heavy boots as they worked.
  3. (slang) To calculate or otherwise process (e.g. to crunch number: to perform mathematical calculation). exampleThat metadata makes it much easier for the search engine to crunch the data for queries.
  4. To grind or press with violence and noise.
    • Kane The ship crunched through the ice.
    • 1922, Ben Travers , 5, [ A Cuckoo in the Nest] , “The departure was not unduly prolonged.…Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.”
  5. To emit a grinding or crunching noise.
    • 1849, Henry James, Confidence (novel) There were sounds in the air above his head – sounds of the crunching and rattling of the loose, smooth stones as his neighbors moved about…
  6. (computing, transitive) To compress (data) using a particular algorithm, so that it can be restored by decrunch.
    • 1993, "Michael Barsoom", [comp.sys.amiga.announce] PackIt Announcement (on newsgroup comp.archives) PackIt will not crunch executables, unless told to do so.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A noisy crackling sound; the sound usually associated with crunching.
  2. A critical moment or event.
    • 1985, John C. L. Gibson, Job (page 237) The friends, on the contrary, argue that Job does not "know", that only God knows; yet, when it comes to the crunch, they themselves seem to know as much as God knows: for example, that Job is a guilty sinner.
  3. (exercise) A form of abdominal exercise, based on a sit-up but in which the lower back remains in contact with the floor.
coordinate terms:
  • (abdominal exercise) sit-up, trunk curl
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A white Afrikaner.
    • 1990, Rian Malan, My Traitor's Heart: Blood and Bad Dreams (page 54) …the tyranny of the rockspiders, crunchies, hairybacks, ropes, and bloody Dutchmen. Those were the names by which we referred to Afrikaners.
crunch time Alternative forms: crunchtime, crunch-time
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A critical period of time during which it is necessary to work hard and fast
    • Sir Vidia's shadow: a friendship across five continents‎, page 61, Paul Theroux, 2000, “Tough-minded, Vidia reacted in much the same way as he had in Uganda. Whenever he met Indians in Kenya, he challenged them, demanding to know their backup plans in case of trouble. He called it "crunch time." "Very well then," he [V. S. Naipaul] would say after the first pleasantries, "what are you going to do when crunch time comes?”
  2. (basketball) The last few minutes of play in the fourth quarter
crunchy etymology crunch + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. likely to crunch, especially with reference to food when it is eaten
  2. (slang) having sensibilities of a counter-culture nature lover or hippie; derived from the concept of crunchy granola. San Franciso is a very crunchy town.
Synonyms: crispy
crunchy granola
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) obsessed with health or environmental issues.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) One who cares about environmental issues.
Synonyms: tree hugger
crunk {{rfc}} pronunciation
  • /kɹʌŋk/
etymology 1 Compare Icelandic krnka to croak.{{attention}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To cry like a crane.
    • Withals (1608) The crane crunketh.
    • The Country Man (poem) The crunking crane heard high amongst the clouds.
etymology 2 {{blend}} “crazy drunk”. Alternatively, {{blend}} “high on marijuana and drunk (on alcohol) at the same time”. Coined Southern US late-1980s, in original sense of “rowdy, high energy out-of-control behavior by a crowd at Southern night clubs”.Miller, Matt: "[ Dirty Decade: Rap Music and the U.S. South, 1997-2007]". Popularized by its use in the fusion genre of crunk music in the 1990s and especially early 2000s. In this context, first used in music lyrics and notably popularized by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, on their 1997 debut album Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album (Get Crunk, Who [are] You With[?]: The Album)."Lil Jon crunks up the volume", NY Times, November 28, 2004 See at Wikipedia for further information. There is no evidence of any connection with Yiddish or German krank, nor that it entered the Southern Black vernacular through the presence of European Jewish immigrant shopkeepers in black neighborhoods in cities such as Atlanta; the phonetic similarity of the words is considered a coincidence.See [ this LanguageLog post] for information on the high probability of chance similarity among languages. Alternative forms: krunk
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) crazy and drunk; according to the Double-Tongued Word Wrester dictionary, good, phat, fine
    • 2009, Kesha, Tik Tok I'm talking about everybody getting crunk, crunk Boys tryin' to touch my junk, junk Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk
  2. (US, slang) simultaneously intoxicated by marijuana and alcohol
    • She is so fucking crunk right now.
  3. (US, slang) of an absurd amount
    • I have a crunk ton of homework tonight.
quotations: {{timeline }}
  • 1997, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, Who U Wit, on Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album Get crunk, who u wit’?
  • 2002, Ashanti, Foolish/Unfoolish Let me tell you how I like it / If we’re all in a crowd / I like to be the one they single out / Let me tell you how to please me / Can you get it crunk and make my body jump?
  • 2003, Todd Boyd, The New H.N.I.C. Using their trademark southern dialect, the group tell others to “huss that fuss,” shut up and move, for they, Outkast, are the type of people who “make the club get crunk,” in other words, make you get up and jam, with “crunk” here functioning as a sort of past perfect sense of the word “crank.”
  • 2005, Tamara Palmer, Country Fried Soul I just saw how much of an influence Tupac had on Master P and No Limit, how much of an influence Tupac had on the whole city of Atlanta, Georgia, and on Houston, Texas, and just how much influence on influence on that whole ‘Bankhead [Bounce]’ and getting crunk certain songs of Makaveli had on that shit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of hip hop that originated in the southern United States.
    • 2004, Crunk Classics [title]
    • 2005, Michael Joseph Corcoran, All Over the Map As Houston rap became a national sensation, spinning off into the “crunk” scene, it was hard to believe that just ten years earlier, the only Texas rap acts of any note were Donald “The D.O.C.” Curry, the Dallasite who hooked up with Dr. Dre and the N.W.A. crew, and the Geto Boys, who set out to make West Coast gangstas come off like Young MC.
    • 2005, Tamara Palmer, Country Fried Soul On Slanguistics, a special on the MTV2 cable network, Andre 3000 offerred a succinct analogy for crunk. “What punk was to rock,” he explains, “crunk is to rap.”
    • 2005, David Katz, Things a Man Should Never Do Past 30 Use a “crunk” song for his cell-phone ring.
    • 1997, Stephen King, "The Wizard and the Glass" "...talking that stupid crunk of theirs." There was no proper word for the dialect of the Mejic Vaqueros, but "crunk" served well enough among the Barony's higher-born citizens.
crush {{wikipedia}} {{rfc}} etymology From Middle English cruschen, crousshen, Old French cruisir, croissir, from ll , from frk *krostjan. Akin to Gothic 𐌺𐍂𐌿𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽 〈𐌺𐍂𐌿𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽〉, Old Swedish krusa, krosa, gml krossen, Swedish krysta, Danish kryste, Icelandic kreysta, Faroese kroysta. pronunciation
  • /kɹʌʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
    • Addison the wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds
  2. Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd.
  3. Crowd which produces uncomfortable pressure. A crush at a reception.
  4. A violent crowding
  5. A crowd control barrier
  6. An infatuation or affection for.
  7. The human object of such infatuation or affection.
    • 2004, , Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage It had taken nine years from the evening that first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his dogged perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.
  8. A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling
  9. A party, festive function
    • 1890 , ch 1 Two months ago I went to a crush at Lady Brandon's.
  10. (Australia) The process of crushing cane to remove the raw sugar, or the season that this process takes place in.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass. to crush grapes Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, crushed, broken or cut. --Lev. xxii.
  2. To reduce to fine particles by pound or grind; to comminute. to crush quartz
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 1 With a wild scream he was upon her, tearing a great piece from her side with his mighty teeth, and striking her viciously upon her head and shoulders with a broken tree limb until her skull was crushed to a jelly.
  3. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight. After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections
  4. To oppress or burden grievously.
  5. To overcome completely; to subdue totally. The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily.
    • Sir Walter Scott speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels
  6. (intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force an eggshell crushes easily
  7. To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for. She's crushing on him.
  8. (sports) to defeat emphatically
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crusher {{wikipedia}} etymology From crush + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɹʌʃə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that crush.
  2. A machine designed to crush rock.
  3. (slang) A policeman.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 110: Back in the lobby he bought a copy of Time but didn't like the way the plain-clothes crushers looked at him, and left.
crust {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kɹʌst/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Latin crusta via xno and Old French cruste, from Proto-Indo-European *krus-to, from *kreus, related to Old Norse hroðr, Old English hruse, Old High German hrosa, Latvian kruwesis, Ancient Greek κρύος 〈krýos〉, κρύσταλλος 〈krýstallos〉, Avestan , Sanskrit क्रुड् 〈kruḍ〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A more solid, dense or hard layer on a surface or boundary.
  2. The external layer of most types of bread.
  3. An outer layer composed of pastry
    • Dryden Th' impenetrable crust thy teeth defies.
    • Macaulay They … made the crust for the venison pasty.
  4. The bread-like base of a pizza.
  5. (geology) The outermost layer of the lithosphere of the Earth.
  6. The shell of crab, lobster, etc.
  7. (uncountable) Nerve, gall. You've got a lot of crust standing there saying that.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
  8. crust punk a subgenre of punk music
related terms:
  • crusted
  • crusty
  • encrust
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cover with a crust.
    • Boyle The whole body is crusted over with ice.
    • Felton Their minds are crusted over, like diamonds in the rock.
  2. (intransitive) To form a crust.
  • curst
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A New Age traveller, or other similar person.
  • curse it
  • icterus
crusty etymology From Middle English, equivalent to crust + y. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to or having a crust, as, for example, in the case of bread.
  2. (figuratively, of a person or behavior) Short-tempered and gruff but, sometimes, with a harmless or benign inner nature; peevish, surly, harsh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British) A tramp or homeless young person with poor cleanliness.
  2. (slang) Dried eye mucus.
    • 1999, Vinnie Hansen, Murder, Honey, Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 0-7388-0467-3, page 155: Against the backdrop of muted stripes of color, Julieanne picked at her eyes’ crusties, and then combed her hair with the hand.
    • 2003, Mary O'Connell, "Saint Anne", in Living with Saints, Grove Press, ISBN 0-8021-3926-4, page 209: Jesus, how could I bear the sight of him—sleep crusties lodged in the corners of his rheumy eyes, a puff of chest hair cresting like meringue over the top of his V-neck sweater, khakis jacked up to his breastbone—when I was used to looking at the singularly lovely Isabella?
    • 2005, Jeffrey Dinsmore, I, an Actress: The Autobiography of Karen Jamey, Contemporary Press, ISBN 0974461490, page 51: I wiped the crusties from my eyes, threw on a sundress, and wandered out into the living room.
  3. (chiefly, UK) A member of an urban subculture with roots in punk and grebo, characterized by antiestablishment attitudes and an unkempt appearance.
Synonyms: (dried eye mucus) gound (UK dialectal), sleep, sleepy dust (informal)
  • curtsy
cry {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kɹaɪ̯/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From Middle English crien, from Old French crier, "to announce publicly, proclaim, scream, shout"; > Malayalam crīdāre, from frk *kritan, from Proto-Germanic *krītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *greyd-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian kriete, Dutch krijten, gml krīten, German kreißen, Gothic 𐌺𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 〈𐌺𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽〉, Latin gingrītus, Middle Irish grith, Welsh gryd. {{rel-top}} Alternate etymology connects the Malayalam word to Latin queri through the form quiritare, though the phonetic and semantic developments are difficult to trace. Middle English crien eventually displaced native Middle English galen (from Old English galan), Middle English greden (from Old English grǣdan), Middle English yermen (from Old English ġierman), Middle English hoen (from Old Norse hóa), Middle English remen (from Old English hrīeman, compare Old English hrēam), Old English gretan (from Old English grǣtan and Old Norse gráta). More at greet, regret. {{rel-bottom}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To shed tears; to weep. That sad movie always makes me cry.
  2. (transitive) To utter loudly; to call out; to declare publicly.
    • Shakespeare All, all, cry shame against ye, yet I'll speak.
    • Bunyan The man … ran on, crying, Life! life! Eternal life!
  3. (ambitransitive) To shout, scream, yell.
    • Bible, Matthew xxvii. 46 And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice.
  4. (intransitive) To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals do.
    • Bible, Psalms cxlvii. 9 the young ravens which cry
    • Shakespeare In a cowslip's bell I lie / There I couch when owls do cry.
  5. (transitive) To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by crying or weeping. to cry oneself to sleep
  6. To make oral and public proclamation of; to notify or advertise by outcry, especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, etc. to cry goods
    • Crashaw Love is lost, and thus she cries him.
  7. Hence, to publish the banns of, as for marriage.
    • Judd I should not be surprised if they were cried in church next Sabbath.
Synonyms: weep, See also , See also
  • laugh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shedding of tears; the act of crying. After we broke up, I retreated to my room for a good cry.
  2. A shout or scream. I heard a cry from afar.
  3. Words shouted or screamed. a battle cry
  4. (collectively) A group of hounds.
    • Shakespeare A cry more tunable / Was never hollaed to, nor cheered with horn.
  5. (obsolete, derogatory) A pack or company of people.
    • Shakespeare Would not this … get me a fellowship in a cry of players?
  6. (ambitransitive, of an animal) A typical sound made by the species in question. "Woof" is the cry of a dog, while "neigh" is the cry of a horse.
  7. A desperate or urgent request.
  8. (obsolete) Common report; gossip.
    • Shakespeare The cry goes that you shall marry her.
  • {{rank}}
  • Cyr.
cryfest etymology cry + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something sad or moving, especially a film.
    • 1999, Thomas Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934, Columbia University Press (1999), ISBN 0231110944, page 130: The Sin of Madelon Claudet was another hugely successful exemplar of the crime-and-punishment cryfests that shopgirls and housewives took to heart.
    • 2002, Dave Gathman, "Movie Review", The Beacon News (Aurora, Illinois), 26 May 2002: But if heartfelt, sensitive, talky, emotional cryfests have become scarce at the multiplex, we also have seen the rise of the He-Woman, the battling babe who can tote that gun and sling that punch and close that business deal.
    • 2002, Tom Mallon, Rabbit Songs review, CMJ New Music Monthly, July 2002, page 42: Main songwriter and pianist Dan Messe makes each song a regret-soaked cryfest, …
  2. (informal) An episode of intense cry.
    • 1997, Anne Voelckers Palumbo, The Stay-At-Home Mom's Survival Guide, White-Boucke Publishing, ISBN 9781888580051, page 7: Knowing that I had but seconds left before my kid exploded into a full-blown cryfest and knowing that I absolutely had to have an article of clothing that could camouflage baby barf, I raced to the register with my sapling tucked under my arm.
    • 2010, Gregg Olsen, A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church, St. Martin's Press (2010), ISBN 9781429928984, page 234: Tears were a part of who he was. But this wasn't the usual cryfest. It was a deluge.
    • 2011, Jennifer Ziegler, Sass & Serendipity, Ember (2011), ISBN 9780375859649, pages 65-66: Her eyes were raw and crusted from her big cryfest the day before, which had lasted late into the evening.
Synonyms: (something sad or moving) sobfest, tearjerker, (intense crying episode) sobfest
cryo etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cryoprecipitate
cryovolcano etymology cryo + volcano.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (planetology, geology, vulcanology) A volcano on an icy moon that ejects volatile materials rather than magma.
Synonyms: ice volcano (colloquial)
related terms:
  • cryovolcanic
  • cryovolcanism
cryppie etymology Diminutive with -ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) cryptographer
    • 2011, Samantha Seiple, Ghosts in the Fog (page 11) Joe oversaw a team of one hundred cryppies, translators, typists, punch card operators, and clerks. Their top secret work involved cracking the Japanese naval traffic codes…
cryptic {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: cryptick (obsolete) etymology From ll crypticus, from Ancient Greek κρυπτικός 〈kryptikós〉, from κρυπτός 〈kryptós〉, from κρύπτω 〈krýptō〉. Also see: cryptology. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɹɪptɪk/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having hidden meaning.
  2. Mystified or of an obscure nature.
    • Glanvill Her [nature's] more cryptic ways of working.
  3. Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.
  4. (zoology) Well camouflaged; having good camouflage. Lonomia caterpillars are extremely cryptic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A cryptic crossword.
    • 1996, Mary McCarthy, Remember Me (page 85) He settled down to the cryptic in the Independent. He loved his crossword. It kept him mentally active, just as gossip did his wife.
    • 2009, Bill Taylor, Building a crossword (in Toronto Star, 1 February 2009) This writer has been solving cryptics for 40 years and can usually crack Araucaria, though it might take a couple of days.
crypto {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a secret supporter or follower
  2. (uncountable, informal) cryptography
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. secret or covert
crystal {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: crystall (obsolete), chrystal (obsolete) etymology Old English cristal, from Latin crystallum, later reinforced from xno cristall, Middle French cristal, from Latin crystallum, from Ancient Greek κρύσταλλος 〈krýstallos〉, from κρύος 〈krýos〉, from the Proto-Indo-European *krus-, *kru-. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkrɪstəl/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A solid composed of an array of atom or molecule possessing long-range order and arranged in a pattern which is periodic in three dimensions.
  2. (countable) A piece of glimmering, shining mineral resembling ice or glass.
  3. (uncountable) A fine type of glassware, or the material used to make it.
  4. (uncountable, slang) crystal meth: methamphetamine hydrochloride.
  5. The glass over the dial of a watch case.
Synonyms: (array of atoms) grain
  • (array of atoms) amorphous, glass
related terms:
  • blood crystal
  • clear as crystal
  • compound crystal
  • crystal ball
  • crystal clear
  • Iceland crystal
  • liquid crystal
  • mountain crystal
  • rock crystal
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very clear. "Do I make myself clear?" / "Crystal."
crystal dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, idiomatic, slang) Erectile dysfunction caused by methamphetamine use or other drug use.
    • 1998, Doug Sadownick, "Spinning out of control", The Advocate, 26 May 1998: A former hustler who has been at this bar every night this week says "crystal dick" isn't a problem for him, but he has seen others rub their dicks so raw that they bleed.
    • 2003, Jeffrey N. Chernin & Melissa R. Johnson, Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men, Sage Publications (2003), ISBN 0761917683, page 95: Users also report that crystal heightens sexual arousal and increases stamina by delaying orgasm, and they report highly intense orgasms. However, after long-term use, the urge to ejaculate becomes all-comsuming. Impotence is a long-term consequence, and users develop “crystal dick,” which is the inability to have an erection.
    • 2005, Chad Graham, "Back from the Brink", The Advocate, 27 September 2005: The impotence drug finally gave meth users a way around "crystal dick," the erectile dysfunction typical with crystal.
    • 2006, Michael Shernoff, Without Condoms: Unprotected Sex, Gay Men and Barebacking, Routledge (2006), ISBN 9780415950244, unnumbered page: Some crystal users report that the combination of increased anal sensitivity and crystal dick tends to make them “instant bottoms” (Frosch, Shoptaw, Huber, Rawson, & Ling, 1996; Heredia, 2003).
  2. (countable, idiomatic, slang) A penis that is flaccid as a result of methamphetamine or other drug use.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{en-initialism}}
  1. Computer science
  2. customer service
  3. (vulgar, slang) cocksucker
  4. controlled substance
  5. Child Support
  6. (computer games) Counter-Strike, an FPS computer game
  7. (baseball) The statistic "Caught Stealing"
  8. (telecommunications)
  • sc., SC, S.C.
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (US, informal) Crime Scene Investigator.
  2. Computer Society of India
  3. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, (formerly CSICOP).
  4. Customer Satisfaction Index
  • cis , CIS
  • ICS
  • sci, sci.
  • sic
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang) alternate form of ctrl. abbreviation of control
Ctrl pronunciation Same as control
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (computing) The control key on a keyboard Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart the computer.
  2. (slang) abbreviation of control
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang) alternate form of ctrl. abbreviation of control
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang) alternate form of ctrl. abbreviation of control
ctrl. Alternative forms: ctrl , Ctrl , CTRL , Ctrl.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (slang) abbreviation of control
cub pronunciation
  • (UK) /kʌb/
  • {{audio}}
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etymology 1 Origin unknown. Perhaps compare Old Norse (Icelandic) kobbi, Old Irish cuib[ Etymology] of cub in [[:w:Online Etymology Dictionary|Online Etymology Dictionary]].
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young fox.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.32: a Childe of Lacedemon suffered all his belly and gutts to be torne out by a Cubbe or young Foxe, which he had stolne, and kept close under his garment, rather then he would discover his theft.
  2. (by extension) The young of certain other animals, including the bear, wolf, lion and tiger.
  3. (humorous or derogatory) A child, especially an awkward, rude, ill-mannered boy.
    • Shakespeare O, thou dissembling cub! what wilt thou be / When time hath sowed a drizzle on thy case?
  4. (obsolete) A stall for cattle.
    • Landor I would rather have such…in cubor kennel than in my closet or at my table.
  5. (obsolete) A cupboard. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To give birth to cubs
  2. To hunt fox cub
  3. (obsolete) To shut up or confine. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. cashed up bogan.
  • UBC
cubeland etymology cube + land
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) The office environment, where people work in cube (cubicles).
    • 2004, Greg Williams, Boomtown The feeling is that we shouldn't look like any old cubeland. We should look like a dot com. We're going to get a pinball machine...
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2007, Lloyd M Field, Xingyun Bstan-ʾdzin-rgya-mtsho, Business and the Buddha Whether you're a paper-pusher in cubeland or a decision-maker at the top of the corporate ladder...
cubic equation {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mathematics) A polynomial equation whose greatest exponent is 3.
cuckoo's nest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A lunatic asylum.
    • 2004, August Schwerdfeger, From Bricks to Dust (page 35) “Those offices have not been entered since Lyman Soap closed down, right after old Afton was hauled off to the cuckoo's nest in 1907,” said van Graven.
cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs etymology Catchphrase of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, the cartoon mascot of the General Mills breakfast cereal Cocoa Puffs: "I go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!" Compare cuckoo meaning "crazy".
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Crazy, insane, irrational.
    • 2010, Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall 'She's totally cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.'
cucumber {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French cocombre (French concombre), from Latin cucumis, whose ablative singular is cucumere. Probably of Pre-Italic origin. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkjuːˌkʌmbəɹ/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vine in the gourd family, Cucumis sativus.
  2. The edible fruit of this plant, having a green rind and crisp white flesh.
Synonyms: cuke (informal)
related terms:
  • cucumiform cucumber-shaped
cuddlecore etymology cuddle + core
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, informal) A twee, childlike style of alternative rock.
    • 1996, The Comics Journal (issue 195) …the syrupy cuddlecore of bands like cub and Shonen Knife.
cue ball Alternative forms: cueball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (snooker, pool, billiards) The white ball which, struck by the cue, collides with the other balls to achieve the object of the particular game.
  2. (pejorative) a bald person
Synonyms: white, baldy
cuffee Alternative forms: cuffy etymology A personal name formerly common among black Americans. pronunciation
  • /ˈkʌfi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A black person.
    • 2005, The war had turned very bitter, and the days of young blacks, or cuffees as they were known, joining up just to escape the ghetto were over. — Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 189)
cuke etymology Shortened from cucumber
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A cucumber
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2009, Dev Patnaik, Peter Mortensen, Wired to care: how companies prosper when they create widespread empathy By the time she was nine, Nina was traveling to distant markets on her own to sell her family's fresh tomatoes, beans, squash, zukes, cukes, peppers…
culchie pronunciation
  • /ˈkʌl(t)ʃi/
etymology Possibly from , a town in County Mayo, Ireland, or from Irish coillte.
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  1. (Dublin, slang, pejorative, offensive) A rural person.[ ''Dublin English: evolution and change''] p. 106, by Raymond Hickey. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005. ISBN: 90-272-4895-8.
    • 1987, Roddy Doyle, The Commitments, King Farouk, Dublin: 1. Only culchies shop in Clery's but, said Billy. 2. An' Dubliners are the niggers of Ireland. The culchies have fuckin' everythin'. An' the northside Dubliners are the niggers o' Dublin. —Say it loud, I'm black an' I'm proud.
    • 1991, Management Centre Europe, Industrial relations Europe, Volume 19, Issue 264. New European Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn, 53, is a flamboyant wheeler-dealer of a kind common in Irish (and American) political life. For most of his quarter-century in Ireland's parliament, he was regarded as the archetypal "culchie", Dublin slang for an unpolished, reactionary rural type.
    • 2005, Raymond Hickey, Dublin English: evolution and change, John Benjamins Publishing Company. A dismissive attitude towards rural accents was all too prevalent: accents outside Dublin being described as 'culchie, bogger, mucker' accents.
culinarily challenged
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  1. (humorously, politically correct, euphemistic, of a, person) Unable to cook.
cull {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /kʌl/
  • also (US) /kl̩/
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etymology 1 From Old French cuillir, from Latin colligo.
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  1. To pick or take someone or something (from a larger group).
    • 1984, cover star: JOE DALLESANDRO culled from Andy Warhol's FLESH — anonymous; sleeve notes from ' eponymous album
  2. To gather, collect.
    • Tennyson whitest honey in fairy gardens culled
    • 1977, , , Penguin Classics, p. 202: Chaucer's prose Tale of Melibee … is a dialectal homily of moral debate, exhibiting a learned store of ethical precept culled from many ancient authorities.
  3. To select animals from a group and then kill them in order to reduce the numbers of the group in a controlled manner.
  4. (nonstandard, euphemistic) To kill (animals etc).
  5. To lay off in order to reduce the size of, get rid of.
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  1. A selection.
  2. An organised killing of selected animals.
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  3. A piece unfit for inclusion within a larger group; an inferior specimen.
etymology 2 Perhaps an abbreviation of cully.
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  1. (slang, dialectal) A fool, gullible person; a dupe.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 307: Follow but my counsel, and I will show you a way to empty the pocket of a queer cull without any danger of the nubbing cheat.
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cully etymology Origin uncertain. Short for cullion? pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkʌli/
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  1. (now rare) A person who is easily tricked or imposed on; a dupe, a gullible person.
    • Addison I have learned that … I am not the first cully whom she has passed upon for a countess.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 158: One [attitude] was a fascination with street-walkers and and courtesans as self-confident entrepreneurs, able to outwit their simple cullies.
  2. (slang) A companion.
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  1. To trick, to impose on, to dupe.
cult {{wikipedia}} etymology From French culte, from Latin cultus, from colō. pronunciation
  • /kʌlt/
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  1. (offensive, derogatory) A group of people with a religious, philosophical or cultural identity sometimes viewed as a sect, often existing on the margin of society or exploitative towards its members.
    • Rodney Stark, Religious movements: Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers, Paragon House Publishers, 1985, 0913757438, page 167, “Werner Erhard's highly successful est cult is partly derived from Scientology. Erhard had some experience with Scientology in 1969. Then he worked for a while in Mind Dynamics, itself an offshoot of Jose Silva's Mind Control.”
    • page 216, Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, 1996, Harvest House Publishers, 978-1565071605, “There are scores of modern religious cults and sects that have been influenced by Hinduism to varying degrees. Werner Erhard, founder of 'Landmark Education's 'The Forum',' and 'est' seminars, which have about 700,000 graduates, was influenced by Hinduism through Swami Muktananda, one of Erhard's principal gurus.”
    • Len Oakes, Prophetic charisma: The Psychology of Prophetic Charisma, Followers and Their Quest, page 137, Syracuse University Press, 1997, 0-8156-2700-9, “Outsiders often criticize the extreme commitment of group members. But what is really happening is that leader and followers are conspiring to realize a vision that is falsified daily. For the cult is not paradise, and the leader is not God. Hence the follower is embattled; to squarely confront the many failings of the leader and the group is to call into question one's own great work. Only by daily recommitting himself can the follower continue to work toward his ultimate goal. Each follower works out a secret compromise, acknowledging some things while denying or distorting others. Clearly this is a high-risk strategy that may go awry.”
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    • Jenkins, Philip, Mystics and Messiahs : Cults and New Religions in American History, Oxford University Press, London, 2000, 0195127447, page 180, “Another potent element of the new cult milieu was the therapy sect, which offered believers the chance to achieve their full human potential through personal growth and self-actualization by taking total responsibility for one's actions. The prototypical movement of this kind was est (Erhard Seminar Training), in which intense and often grueling sessions forced followers to confront a new view of reality.”
  2. Devotion to a saint.
  3. (informal) A group of people having an obsession with or intense admiration for a particular activity, idea, person or thing.
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  1. Of, or relating to a cult.
  2. Enjoyed by a small, loyal group. a cult horror movie
The term has a positive connotation for groups of art, music, writing, fiction, and fashion devotees, but a negative connotation for new religious, extreme political, questionable therapeutic, and pyramidal business groups.
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