Definition of cripes in English:

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Pronunciation: /krʌɪps/


Used as a euphemism for Christ: Joyce is on the warpath, cripes! for cripes' sakes get a move on or we’ll be late
More example sentences
  • I know, I know, but cripes!
  • Robert gasped in amazement, his mouth gaped open, he went as white as a sheet and his eyes opened wide. All he could say was ‘Nay, cripes!’
  • Some of ‘em are in pretty good shape, but cripes!


Early 20th century: alteration of Christ.

  • This old-fashioned exclamation, associated with Billy Bunter and the current mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is a euphemistic corruption of ‘Christ’.

Words that rhyme with cripes

Stars and Stripes

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