Definition of crappie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkräpē/ /ˈkrapē/ /ˈkrɑpi/


  • A North American freshwater fish of the sunfish family, the male of which builds a nest and guards the eggs and young.

    Genus Pomoxis, family Centrarchidae: several species, including theblack crappie (P. nigromaculatus) and thewhite crappie (P. annularis)

    ‘It is during schooling when the male crappie sweeps out the nests and attracts the female.’
    • ‘The typical crappie has a large mouth with thin jaw tissue and tends to be a soft, even tentative striker.’
    • ‘The lake is well stocked with trout, large and small mouth bass, blue gill, crappie, and catfish.’
    • ‘Black bass and crappie are making determined pushes into the shallows of lakes and ponds across southeast Texas.’
    • ‘The water is filled with different types of bass, crappie, catfish, and more; many of the species breed naturally and do not even need to be stocked.’


Mid 19th century of unknown origin.