crackerjack

noun
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

trademark
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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Noun

crackerjack adjective

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Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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

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: Noun View this post on Instagram bought myself some peanuts, crackerjacks, a hamburger, and sipped bubbly while dancing with my girls to a few of our fav country music artists. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "Victoria Paul’s Bachelor Superlative Should Be “Most Likely To Go To Stagecoach”," 6 Jan. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, The Denver Post, "Dvorak: Everything wrong with Congress — in one ballgame," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of crackerjack

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crackerjack

Noun

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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“Crackerjack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crackerjack. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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