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[kraps] /kræps/
noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
a game in which two dice are thrown and in which a first throw of 7 or 11 wins, a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses, and a first throw of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 can be won only by throwing the same number again before throwing a 7.
Origin of craps
1835-45, Americanism; apparently < French craps, variant of crabs double-ace (lowest throw at hazard) < 18th-century E slang: plural of crab1


[krap] /kræp/
  1. excrement.
  2. an act of defecation.
Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
  1. nonsense; drivel.
  2. falsehood, exaggeration, propaganda, or the like.
refuse; rubbish; junk; litter:
Will you clean up that crap!
verb (used without object), crapped, crapping.
Vulgar. to defecate.
verb (used with object), crapped, crapping.
Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to talk nonsense to; attempt to deceive.
Verb phrases
crap around, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
  1. to behave in a foolish or silly manner.
  2. to avoid work.
crap on, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
  1. to treat badly, especially by humiliating, insulting, or slighting.
  2. to cause misery, misfortune, or discomfort.
crap up, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to botch, ruin, or cheapen; make a mess of.
1375-1425; late Middle English crap chaff < Middle Dutch (not recorded until 16th century) krappe anything cut off or separated
Can be confused
crap, crape, crepe, crêpe, crept.


[krap] /kræp/
(in craps) a losing throw, in which the total on the two dice is 2, 3, or 12.
Verb phrases, past and past participle crapped, present participle crapping.
crap out,
  1. Also called seven out. (in the game of craps) to throw a 7 rather than make one's point.
  2. Slang. to abandon a project, activity, etc., because of fear, cowardice, exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm, etc.
  3. Slang. to break a promise or fail to fulfill a duty or obligation; renege.
1835-45, Americanism; back formation from craps Unabridged
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Examples from the web for craps
  • The misconception is that almost all poker players are those who are gambling addicts who also do slot machines and craps.
  • Having seen gamblers do certain rituals and then get on a roll while playing craps makes me wonder.
  • The blacks and the eunuchs were always shooting craps.
  • She ended up needing to have her whole bowel removed, and now craps in a bag, if you will please excuse the expression.
  • Otherwise sane people gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars at the craps and roulette tables.
  • The game with the best payout odds, by the way: craps.
  • Poker, craps and baccarat tables are available, as well as slot machines in a variety of denominations.
  • Expect video slot machines and all the standard table games, from blackjack and poker to craps and baccarat.
  • Forty table games including craps, roulette, and baccarat.
  • It also provides you with table games including blackjack, craps and roulette.
British Dictionary definitions for craps


noun (usually functioning as sing)
a gambling game using two dice, in which a player wins the bet if 7 or 11 is thrown first, and loses if 2, 3, or 12 is thrown
shoot craps, to play this game
Word Origin
C19: probably from crabs lowest throw at dice, plural of crab1


a losing throw in the game of craps
another name for craps
Word Origin
C20: back formation from craps


another word for faeces
verb craps, crapping, crapped
(intransitive) another word for defecate
Usage note
This word was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary. However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use
Word Origin
C15 crappe chaff, from Middle Dutch, probably from crappen to break off
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Word Origin and History for craps

1843, American English, unrelated to the term for excrement, instead it is from Louisiana French craps "the game of hazard," from an 18c. continental French corruption of English crabs, which was 18c. slang for "a throw of two or three" (the lowest throw), which perhaps is from crab (n.2), the sense in crab apple. The 1843 citation (in an anti-gambling publication) calls it "a game lately introduced into New Orleans."



"defecate," 1846, from one of a cluster of words generally applied to things cast off or discarded (e.g. "weeds growing among corn" (early 15c.), "residue from renderings" (late 15c.), underworld slang for "money" (18c.), and in Shropshire, "dregs of beer or ale"), all probably from Middle English crappe "grain that was trodden underfoot in a barn, chaff" (mid-15c.), from Middle French crape "siftings," from Old French crappe, from Medieval Latin crappa, crapinum "chaff." Related: Crapped; crapping.

Despite folk etymology insistence, not from Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) who was, however, a busy plumber and may have had some minor role in the development of modern toilets. The name Crapper is a northern form of Cropper (attested from 1221), an occupational surname, obviously, but the exact reference is unclear.


"act of defecation," 1898; see crap (v.). Sense of "rubbish, nonsense" also first recorded 1898.

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Slang definitions & phrases for craps



An exclamation of disbelief, disgust, disappointment, rejection, etc; fuck, shit: Oh, crap, I broke it again (1930s+)

  1. Feces; excrement; shit: The bad news is, I look like crap (1898+)
  2. Nonsense; pretentious talk; bold and deceitful absurdities; bullshit: I'm not interested in stories about the past or any crap of that kind (1898+)
  3. Offensive and contemptuous treatment; overt disrespect: But I don't take crap from anybody (1910+)
  4. Anything of shoddy quality; pretentious and meretricious trash: Her new show is pious crap (1920s+)
  1. To defecate; shit: Where's the bathroom? I have to crap (1846+)
  2. To lie, exaggerate; try to deceive: You're crapping me (1930+)
Related Terms

all that kind of crap, full of shit, shoot the bull

[by extension fr Middle English crap, ''chaff, siftings of grain, residue'']

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