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kaput

adjective ka·put \kə-ˈpu̇t, kä-, -ˈpüt\

Simple Definition of kaput

  • : no longer working

  • : no longer able to continue : completely ruined or defeated

Full Definition of kaput

  1. 1 :  utterly finished, defeated, or destroyed

  2. 2 :  unable to function

  3. 3 :  hopelessly outmoded

Examples of kaput

  1. <once the Germans were forced to retreat from Stalingrad, the Nazi cause was kaput>

  2. <hard-line Soviet-style Communism became kaput in Russia>



Variants of kaput

also ka·putt play \kə-ˈpu̇t, kä-, -ˈpüt\

Origin of kaput

German kaputt, from French capot not having made a trick at piquet


First Known Use: 1895



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