nounmass nounvulgar slang
1Something of extremely poor quality.
- 1.1Nonsense.balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, blether
- 1.2Unwanted articles; rubbish.refuse, waste, garbage, litter, discarded matter, debris, detritus, scrap, dross
- 2.1count noun An act of defecation.
verbcraps, crapping, crapped[no object]vulgar slang
2crap onBritish Talk at length in a foolish or boring way.
adjectivevulgar slang British
Extremely poor in quality.substandard, poor, inferior, second-rate, second-class, unsatisfactory, inadequate, unacceptable, not up to scratch, not up to par, deficient, imperfect, defective, faulty, shoddy, amateurish, careless, negligent
Late Middle English related to Dutch krappe, from krappen ‘pluck or cut off’, and perhaps also to Old French crappe ‘siftings’, Anglo-Latin crappa ‘chaff’. The original sense was ‘chaff’, later ‘residue from rendering fat’, also ‘dregs of beer’. Current senses date from the late 19th century.
A losing throw of 2, 3, or 12 in craps.
verb[no object]North American crap out
1informal Make a losing throw at craps.
- ‘he put all his chips on the table and rolled the dice—sooner or later he had to crap out’
- 1.1Give up an activity because of fear or fatigue.
- ‘when entrepreneurs get to $1 billion they crap out and turn their companies over to others’
- ‘That's when you're in a band and your bassist craps out on you.’
- ‘Hubert was a huffing and puffing and smoking, and his heart was ready to crap out.’
- ‘That was my chance to strike up a conversation, but oh no, my heart had to crap out right then and there.’
- 1.2Fail in an attempt.
- ‘the Rams almost crapped out late in the game’
- 1.3(of a machine) break down.
- ‘his teleprompter crapped out’
- ‘My DVR crapped out and I lost everything before I was able to watch.’
- ‘This means that there is a very good chance that the cable modem will crap out at some point today.’
- ‘Chris was also converting images into DIVs, and he probably noticed that as the DIV count increased on screen, the browsers would crap out.’
Early 20th century from craps.