crack·​er·​jack | \ ˈkra-kər-ˌjak How to pronounce crackerjack (audio) \
variants: or less commonly crackajack \ ˈkra-​kə-​ˌjak How to pronounce crackajack (audio) \

Definition of crackerjack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person or thing of marked excellence

Cracker Jack

Crack·​er Jack | \ ˈkra-kər-ˌjak How to pronounce Cracker Jack (audio) \

Definition of Cracker Jack (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a candied popcorn confection

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Other Words from crackerjack


crackerjack adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for crackerjack

Synonyms: Noun

ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], expert, fiend, geek, guru, hand, hotshot, maestro, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizard

Antonyms: Noun

amateur, inexpert, nonexpert

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The late 19th-century pairing of crack and jack to form crackerjack topped off a long history for those words. Cracker is an elongation of crack, an adjective meaning "expert" or "superior" that dates from the 18th century. Prior to that, crack was a noun meaning "something superior" and a verb meaning "to boast." (The verb use evolved from the expression "to crack a boast," which came from the sense of crack meaning "to make a loud sharp sound.") Jack has been used for "man" since the mid-1500s, as in "jack-of-all-trades." Crackerjack entered English first as a noun referring to "a person or thing of marked excellence," then as an adjective. You may also know Cracker Jack as a snack of candied popcorn and peanuts. That trademarked name dates from the 1890s.

Examples of crackerjack in a Sentence


a young prospect who's supposed to be a crackerjack on the baseball diamond the cheese maker's aged cheddar is a real crackerjack

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Peanuts, popcorn and crackerjack, what’s more American than a baseball game on a summer night? Petula Dvorak, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: Everything wrong with Congress — in one ballgame," 25 June 2019 Peanuts, popcorn and crackerjack, what’s more American than a baseball game on a summer night? Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Everything wrong with Congress — in one ballgame," 24 June 2019 For more than a century, opening day in Washington afforded presidents an opportunity to mix with their constituents by tossing out the ceremonial first pitch, chomping on peanuts and crackerjacks and voicing an opinion about an umpire's call., "Donald Trump's divisive decision to skip opening day," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of crackerjack


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crackerjack


probably alteration of crack entry 3 + jack (man)

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The first known use of crackerjack was in 1893

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