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craps Syllabification: craps

Definition of craps in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
A gambling game played with two dice, chiefly in North America. A throw of 7 or 11 is a winning throw, 2, 3, or 12 is a losing throw; any other throw must be repeated. See also crap2.
Example sentences
  • At five, her father taught her how to throw craps, the gambling dice game.
  • When she's not writing, she's reading, playing piano, or attempting to telekinetically control dice in the game of craps.
  • He shook the coins in his hand like they were dice in a game of craps as he walked to a nearby phone booth.


Early 19th century: perhaps from crab1 or crab's eyes, denoting the lowest throw (two ones) at dice.

Words that rhyme with craps

apse, collapse, elapse, lapse, perhaps, schnapps
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