cracker

noun

crack·​er ˈkra-kər How to pronounce cracker (audio)
1
chiefly dialectal : a bragging liar : boaster
2
: something that makes a cracking or snapping noise: such as
b
: the snapping end of a whiplash : snapper
c
: a paper holder for a party favor that pops when the ends are pulled sharply
3
crackers plural : nutcracker
4
: a dry thin crispy baked bread product that may be leavened or unleavened
5
a
offensive
used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a poor, white, usually Southern person
b
sometimes offensive : a native or resident of Florida or Georgia
used as a nickname
6
: the equipment in which cracking (as of petroleum) is carried out
7

Examples of cracker in a Sentence

a plate of cheese and crackers a cracker who had broken into the intelligence agency's database attempted to leak the classified information

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cracker was in the 15th century

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“Cracker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cracker. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cracker

noun
crack·​er ˈkrak-ər How to pronounce cracker (audio)
1
: something (as a firecracker) that makes a cracking noise
2
: a dry thin crisp baked food made of flour and water
3
: the equipment in which cracking (as of petroleum) is carried out

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