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Webster 1913 Edition


Cracker

Crack′er

(krăk′ẽr)
,
Noun.
1.
One who, or that which, cracks.
2.
A noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow.
[Obs.]
What
cracker
is this same that deafs our ears?
Shakespeare
3.
A small firework, consisting of a little powder inclosed in a thick paper cylinder with a fuse, and exploding with a sharp noise; – usually called
firecracker
.
4.
A thin, dry biscuit, often hard or crisp;
as, a Boston
cracker
; a Graham
cracker
; a soda
cracker
; an oyster
cracker
.
5.
A nickname to designate a poor white in some parts of the Southern United States.
Bartlett.
6.
(Zool.)
The pintail duck.
7.
pl.
(Mach.)
A pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc.
Knight.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cracker

CRACKER

,
Noun.
1.
A noisy boasting fellow.
2.
A rocket; a quantity of gunpowder confined so as to explode with noise.
3.
A hard biscuit.
4.
That which cracks any thing.

Definition 2022


cracker

cracker

English

A square saltine cracker.
A round cracker.
Unlike most crackers, graham crackers are sweet.

Noun

cracker (plural crackers)

  1. A dry, thin, crispy baked bread (usually salty or savoury, but sometimes sweet, as in the case of graham crackers and animal crackers).
  2. A short piece of twisted string tied to the end of a whip that creates the distinctive sound when the whip is thrown or cracked.
  3. A firecracker.
  4. A person or thing that cracks, or that cracks a thing (e.g. whip cracker; nutcracker).
  5. A Christmas cracker.
  6. Refinery equipment used to pyrolyse organic feedstocks. If catalyst is used to aid pyrolysis it is informally called a cat-cracker
  7. (chiefly Britain) A fine thing or person (crackerjack).
    She's an absolute cracker! The show was a cracker!
    • 2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC:
      And just before the interval, Kolarov, who was having one of his better games in a City shirt, fizzed in a cracker from 30 yards which the Wolves stopper unconvincingly pushed behind for a corner.
  8. An ambitious or hard-working person (i.e. someone who arises at the 'crack' of dawn).
  9. (computing) One who cracks (i.e. overcomes) computer software or security restrictions.
    • 1984, Richard Sedric Fox Eells, Peter Raymond Nehemkis, Corporate Intelligence and Espionage: A Blueprint for Executive Decision Making, Macmillan, p 137:
      It stated to one of the company's operators, “The Phantom, the system cracker, strikes again . . . Soon I will zero (expletive deleted) your desks and your backups on System A. I have already cracked your System B.
    • 2002, Steve Jones, Encyclopedia of New Media (page 1925)
      Likewise, early software pirates and "crackers" often used phrases like "information wants to be free" to protest the regulations against the copying of proprietary software packages and computer systems.
  10. (obsolete) A noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow.
    • Shakespeare
      What cracker is this same that deafs our ears?
  11. (US, pejorative, ethnic slur) An impoverished white person from the southeastern United States, originally associated with Georgia and parts of Florida; by extension: any white person.
  12. A northern pintail, species of dabbling duck.
  13. (obsolete) A pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
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References

  1. "cracker" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
  2. "cracker" in The New Georgia Encyclopedia, John A. Burrison, Georgia State University, 2002