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[krok-uh-ree] /ˈkrɒk ə ri/
crocks collectively; earthenware.
Origin of crockery
1710-20; crock1 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Observing the fall in his crockery, and the general confusion of things, my host quietly asked, "What's to pay?"

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
  • Six of them returned with cargoes of crockery, bar iron, pig iron, and salt.

  • The upshot of which, was, to smash this witness like a crockery vessel, and shiver his part of the case to useless lumber.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The crockery was heterogeneous, and was slumped under colour-headings.

  • Jane dwelt smilingly upon it as she set the rain-god on the mantel, with a crockery bowl of yellow daisies to maintain his state.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
  • From behind this door came the sound of crockery and the hum of voices.

    The Radiant Shell Paul Ernst
  • Take care o' that air bundle, now; mebbe there's glass or crockery in 't.

    Poganuc People Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Young Farnsworth, who kept the crockery store, told him the news.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • I found in them mahogany furniture, crockery and glass ware, and shelves of useful books.

    The Freedmen's Book Lydia Maria Child
British Dictionary definitions for crockery


china dishes, earthen vessels, etc, collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crockery

"earthen vessels collectively," 1719 (in crockery-ware); see crock + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for crockery



  1. The teeth (1900s+)
  2. pitcher's arm that becomes lame and ineffective; Glass Arm (1950s+ Baseball)
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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