a thin, crisp biscuit.
Also called cracker bonbon. a small paper roll used as a party favor, that usually contains candy, trinkets, etc., and that pops when pulled sharply at one or both ends.
(initial capital letter) Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a native or inhabitant of Georgia (used as a nickname).
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a poor white person living in some rural parts of the southeastern U.S.
snapper ( def 5 ).
braggart; boaster.
a person or thing that cracks.
a chemical reactor used for cracking. Compare catalytic cracking, fractionator.
crackers, Informal. wild; crazy: They went crackers over the new styles.

1400–50; late Middle English craker. See crack, -er1; (defs 4–5) perhaps orig. in sense “braggart,” applied to frontiersmen of the southern American colonies in the 1760s, though subsequently given other interpretations (cf. corn-cracker); for crackers crazy, cf. cracked, -ers Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To crackers
World English Dictionary
cracker (ˈkrækə)
1.  a decorated cardboard tube that emits a bang when pulled apart, releasing a toy, a joke, or a paper hat
2.  short for firecracker
3.  a thin crisp biscuit, usually unsweetened
4.  a person or thing that cracks
5.  (US) another word for poor White
6.  slang (Brit) a thing or person of notable qualities or abilities
7.  informal (Austral), (NZ) not worth a cracker worthless; useless

crackers (ˈkrækəz)
(Brit) (postpositive) a slang word for insane

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "hard wafer," but the specific application to a thin, crisp biscuit is 1739. Cracker-barrel (adj.) "emblematic of down-home ways and views" is from 1877. Cracker, Southern U.S. derogatory term for "poor, white trash" (1766), is from mid-15c. crack "to boast" (e.g. not what it's cracked up to
be), originally a Scottish word. Especially of Georgians by 1808, though often extended to residents of northern Florida.
"I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode." [1766, G. Cochrane]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The sad thing really is that people listen to these crackers.
They've been called rednecks, hillbillies and crackers.
There is no such thing as a six-way, although oyster crackers are the customary
Even couples whose heads are so white and puffy they should wear hats made out
  of graham crackers and chocolate.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature