verb (craps, crapping, crapped)[no object] Back to top
Middle English: related to Dutch krappe, from krappen 'pluck or cut off', and perhaps also to Old French crappe 'siftings', Anglo-Latin crappa 'chaff'. The original sense was 'chaff', later 'residue from rendering fat', also 'dregs of beer'. Current senses date from the late 19th century.
verb[no object] (crap out) • informal Back to top
- 1.1Withdraw from or give up on a game or activity because of fear or fatigue: when entrepreneurs get to $1 billion they crap out and turn their companies over to othersMore example sentences
- That's when you're in a band and your bassist craps out on you.
- Hubert was a huffing and puffing and smoking, and his heart was ready to crap out.
- That was my chance to strike up a conversation, but oh no, my heart had to crap out right then and there.
- 1.3(Of a machine) break down: his TelePrompTer crapped outMore example sentences
- My DVR crapped out and I lost everything before I was able to watch.
- This means that there is a very good chance that the cable modem will crap out at some point today.
- Chris was also converting images into DIVs, and he probably noticed that as the DIV count increased on screen, the browsers would crap out.
early 20th century: from craps.