kaput

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adjective ka·put \kə-ˈpu̇t, kä-, -ˈpüt\

Definition of kaput

  1. 1 :  utterly finished, defeated, or destroyed

  2. 2 :  unable to function

  3. 3 :  hopelessly outmoded

Examples of kaput in a sentence

  1. <once the Germans were forced to retreat from Stalingrad, the Nazi cause was kaput>

  2. <hard-line Soviet-style Communism became kaput in Russia>

Did You Know?

Kaput originated with a card game called piquet that has been popular in France for centuries. French players originally used the term "capot" to describe both big winners and big losers. To win all twelve tricks in a hand was called "faire capot" ("to make capot"), but to lose them all was known as "être capot" ("to be capot"). German speakers adopted "capot," but respelled it "kaputt," and used it only for losers. When English speakers borrowed the word from German, they started using "kaput" for things that were broken, useless, or destroyed.

Variants of kaput

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kaputt

Origin and Etymology of kaput

German kaputt, from French capot not having made a trick at piquet


First Known Use: 1895



KAPUT Defined for English Language Learners

kaput

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adjective ka·put \kə-ˈpu̇t, kä-, -ˈpüt\

Definition of kaput for English Language Learners

  • : no longer working

  • : no longer able to continue : completely ruined or defeated


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