crock

noun (1)
\ ˈkräk How to pronounce crock (audio) \

Definition of crock

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

verb (1)
crocked; crocking; crocks

Definition of crock (Entry 2 of 4)

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

noun (2)

Definition of crock (Entry 3 of 4)

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

crock

verb (2)
crocked; crocking; crocks

Definition of crock (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to cause to become disabled

First Known Use of crock

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

History and Etymology for crock

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

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“Crock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crock. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for crock

crock

noun
\ ˈkräk How to pronounce crock (audio) \

Kids Definition of crock

: a thick pot or jar of baked clay

crock

noun
\ ˈkräk How to pronounce crock (audio) \

Medical Definition of crock

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

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