crock

1 of 4

noun (1)

1
: a thick earthenware pot or jar
2
[from its formation on cooking pots] dialect : soot, smut
3
: coloring matter that rubs off from cloth or dyed leather
4
: bunkum
usually used with a
the story in the paper is a crock

crock

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verb (1)

crocked; crocking; crocks

transitive verb

1
: to put or preserve in a crock
2
dialect : to soil with crock : smudge

intransitive verb

: to transfer color (as when rubbed or washed)
a suede that will not crock

crock

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noun (2)

1
: one that is broken-down, disabled, or impaired
so many old … crocks with one foot in the graveAngus Wilson
2
slang : a complaining medical patient whose illness is largely imaginary or psychosomatic

crock

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verb (2)

crocked; crocking; crocks

transitive verb

: to cause to become disabled

Examples of crock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Once your chicken is finished marinating, cook until done either in a crock pot or over the stove. Brandon Rasmussen, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Their claim to act in solidarity with Palestinians is a crock. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 12 Jan. 2024 Older versions are aged three to five years, made the traditional way in earthen crocks. Jing Gao, Bon Appétit, 12 Oct. 2023 Add mixture to slow cooker crock: Pour cornbread mixture into a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 28 Oct. 2023 The color pairs well with the stems placed in the crock on the counter, while a couple of white pumpkins match the white brick, counters, and cabinets. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Oct. 2023 Mix all your ingredients in the crock pot and promptly forget about it for five hours. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 23 Oct. 2023 The Instant Pot Duo is an all-around kitchen MVP that can do the work of a rice cooker, crock pot, pressure cooker, and then some—and now’s your chance to snag one for under $100. Noah Kaufman, Bon Appétit, 11 Oct. 2023 Glass jars full of green onion, white onions, sour cream, salsa, cilantro and shredded cheese sit on a tray next to the crock. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English crocc; akin to Old English crūce pot, pitcher, Middle High German krūche

Noun (2)

Middle English crok; akin to Low German krakke broken-down horse

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of crock was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crock. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crock

1 of 2 noun
: a pot or jar made of baked clay

crock

2 of 2 noun
: one that is broken-down or useless

Medical Definition

crock

noun
slang
: a complaining medical patient whose illness is largely imaginary or psychosomatic

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