\ ˈkrakt How to pronounce cracked (audio) \

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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Even a cracked twig on the path could mean their quarry was dangerously close. Ben C. Solomon, New York Times, "‘These Forests Are the Lungs of the Country’: Thai Rangers Guard Precious Rosewood," 21 June 2019 Christensen’s Astra had a sunroof and a cracked hub cap, which were seen in the video. Washington Post, "Testimony: Suspect bought Drano after Chinese scholar death," 14 June 2019 At the behest of Oakland and San Francisco mayors, Libby Schaaf and London Breed, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission appointed the panel in October to conduct and independent review of the investigation into the cause of the cracked beams. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal to open July 1 after engineers give the OK," 11 June 2019 His playing sounded cracked, wobbly, sometimes outright splintered. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "The Apostle of Now-ness," 6 June 2019 Dealing with cracked skin, dry patches, or chapping? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Moisturizers to Save Dry Winter Skin," 15 Jan. 2019 But within days, many of these same cracked highways had been smoothed back into ribbons of pavement by crews working around the clock. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 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

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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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