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crock1

[krok] /krɒk/
noun
1.
an earthenware pot, jar, or other container.
2.
a fragment of earthenware; potsherd.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English crokke, Old English croc(c), crocca pot; cognate with Old Norse krukka jug

crock2

[krok] /krɒk/
noun
1.
a person or thing that is old, decrepit, or broken-down.
2.
Slang. a person who complains about or insists on being treated for an imagined illness.
3.
an old ewe.
4.
an old worn-out horse.
verb (used with object)
5.
British Slang. to disable or injure.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English crok old ewe, perhaps akin to crack (v.) and obsolete crack whore; compare Low German krakke broken-down horse

crock3

[krok] /krɒk/
noun
1.
British Dialect. soot; smut.
2.
excess surface dye from imperfectly dyed cloth.
verb (used with object)
3.
British Dialect. to soil with soot.
verb (used without object)
4.
(of cloth) to give off excess surface dye when rubbed.
Origin
1650-60; origin uncertain

crock4

[krok] /krɒk/
noun, Slang.
1.
a lie; exaggeration; nonsense:
The entire story is just a crock.
Origin
orig. unclear, though often taken as a euphemism for a crock of shit
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British Dictionary definitions for crocks

crock1

/krɒk/
noun
1.
an earthen pot, jar, etc
2.
a piece of broken earthenware
3.
(US & Canadian, informal) Also crock of shit. a quantity or source of lies or nonsense
Word Origin
Old English crocc pot; related to Old Norse krukka jug, Middle Low German krūke pot

crock2

/krɒk/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly Brit) a person or thing, such as a car, that is old or decrepit (esp in the phrase old crock)
2.
an old broken-down horse or ewe
verb
3.
(slang, mainly Brit) to become or cause to become weak or disabled
Word Origin
C15: originally Scottish; related to Norwegian krake unhealthy animal, Dutch kraak decrepit person or animal

crock3

/krɒk/
noun
1.
(dialect, mainly Brit) soot or smut
2.
colour that rubs off fabric
verb
3.
(transitive) (dialect, mainly Brit) to soil with or as if with soot
4.
(intransitive) (of a dyed fabric) to release colour when rubbed, as a result of imperfect dyeing
Word Origin
C17: probably from crock1
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Word Origin and History for crocks

crock

n.

Old English crocc, crocca "pot, vessel," from Proto-Germanic *krogu "pitcher, pot" (cf. Old Frisian krocha "pot," Old Saxon kruka, Middle Dutch cruke, Dutch kruik, Old High German kruog "pitcher," German Krug, Old Norse krukka "pot"). Perhaps from the same source as Middle Irish crocan "pot," Greek krossos "pitcher," Old Church Slavonic krugla "cup." Used as an image of worthless rubbish since 19c., perhaps from the use of crockery as chamberpots.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crocks

crock

noun
  1. A disliked person, esp an old person: a lot of old crocks with baggy eyes (1876+)
  2. A hypochondriac and whining patient (1950s+ Medical)
  3. A bargelike cargo ship made of cement (WWII Navy)
  4. crock of shit: Spook the sponsors. What a crock/ Bonny Loo giggles, ''That's a crock''
  5. Something, esp a program, that functions, but in an ugly or awkward manner (1980s+ Computer)
verb
  1. To hit; clobber, clock: I crocked the orderly with a bedspring (1918+)
  2. To ruin; wreck; kill; queer: Calling the pitch lies, as you might imagine, crocked the job (1918+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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