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crack·​er·​jack ˈkra-kər-ˌjak How to pronounce crackerjack (audio)
variants or less commonly crackajack
: a person or thing of marked excellence
crackerjack adjective

Cracker Jack

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Crack·​er Jack ˈkra-kər-ˌjak How to pronounce Cracker Jack (audio)
used for a candied popcorn confection

Examples of crackerjack in a Sentence

Noun 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
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Word History



probably alteration of crack entry 3 + jack (man)

First Known Use


1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crackerjack was in 1893


Dictionary Entries Near crackerjack

Cracker Jack


cracker mill

Cite this Entry

“Crackerjack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


crack·​er·​jack ˈkrak-ər-ˌjak How to pronounce crackerjack (audio)
: a person or thing of special excellence
she's a crackerjack at solving crossword puzzles
crackerjack adjective
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