\ˈkrakt \

Definition of cracked 

1a : broken (as by a sharp blow) so that the surface is fissured cracked china

b : broken into coarse particles cracked wheat

c : marked by harshness, dissonance, or failure to sustain a tone a cracked voice

2 : mentally disturbed : crazy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for cracked


balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]


balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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Examples of cracked in a Sentence

The vase is cracked but it can still hold water. the cracked leather of the old chair His hands were sore and cracked from working long hours in the cold. Her lips are dried and cracked.
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Amid the deafening sounds of crossfire, a bomb planted in a cracked mud wall exploded. Sharif Hassan, Washington Post, "Outgunned in urban centers, Taliban wages fierce fight in remote western Afghanistan," 26 Feb. 2018 Cleaning homes and yards after a disaster can be a big job. Let professionals handle complicated and dangerous repair work, such as a cracked foundation, downed power lines or gas leaks. Gary Robbins,, "Safety tips to follow before, during and after an earthquake," 8 July 2018 Five hundred years in an alcove of a Spanish church is likely to leave any statue looking a bit cracked and faded, and the 16th-century wooden figure of St. George at St. Michael’s Church in Estella, a town in northern Spain, was no exception. Mark A. Walsh, New York Times, "A Botched Statue Restoration in Spain: Is That St. George or Tintin?," 26 June 2018 This month, Rhino released a 50th anniversary boxed set of Love’s Forever Changes, an all-time classic of ‘60s psychedelic rock and a cracked-door view into the psychology of its main architect, Arthur Lee. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Love's 'Forever Changes': 5 Revealing Moments From 50th Anniversary Box Set," 12 Apr. 2018 The Croc, meanwhile, has become the go-to weekend shoe for many fashion insiders but hasn't quite cracked the mainstream. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Crocs-with-Socks Make a Case for the Luxury Clog," 31 May 2018 The rock in this zone is weak and cracked, making it easier for magma to reach the surface. Amir Vera, CNN, "Volcanic bombs, lava fountains and rift zones: Here are the definitions to some commonly used volcanic terms," 7 May 2018 The Federal Aviation Administration, attempting to ensure there are no more cracked fan blades in the fleet, on Tuesday announced expanded inspections of the CFM56-7B engine that failed. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump Praises Southwest Airlines Crew for Response to Engine Failure," 1 May 2018 Police found marks and scratches on the pickup, as well as a cracked bumper, Clements wrote. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Valdez woman killed by drunken driver who stopped pickup on top of her before fleeing, police say," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cracked

1503, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of cracked

: having a crack or many cracks : having a damaged surface but usually not broken into pieces

: having deep lines in the surface

: broken into pieces

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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