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[krak-uh-jak] /ˈkræk əˌdʒæk/
noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Ellabelle was a crackajack housekeeper and had plenty of time to lie out in the hammock and read 'Lucile' of afternoons.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Arthur whittles things out of woodhell show you what he can do in a minutehes a crackajack.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • I don't mind confessing that I told them a little about you—said you had no end of crackajack material I could use.

    Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes
Slang definitions & phrases for crackajack



: He estimates that a crackerjack examiner working under optimum conditions would find 10 to 15 percent of his cases to be inconclusive/ I'm a crackerjack story teller


A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc: Signorelli is a crackerjack

[late 1880s+; origin uncertain; perhaps a fanciful extension of cracker in the mid-19th-century British sense ''something approaching perfection,'' which is also reflected in terms like crack shot, crack troops, etc, and based on an echoic expression of speed; hence also cracking; the term is reinforced in the US by late 19th-century trademark Cracker Jack for a popcorn and peanut confection]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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