from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An earthenware vessel.
  • n. A broken piece of earthenware.
  • n. Slang Foolish talk; nonsense: That story is just a crock.
  • n. Soot.
  • transitive v. To soil with or as if with crock.
  • intransitive v. To give off soot or color.
  • n. One that is worn-out, decrepit, or impaired; a wreck.
  • intransitive v. To become weak or disabled. Often used with up.
  • transitive v. To disable; wreck. Often used with up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stoneware or earthenware jar or storage container.
  • n. A piece of broken pottery, a shard.
  • n. A person who is physically limited by age, illness or injury.
  • n. An old or broken-down vehicle (and formerly a horse).
  • n. Silly talk, a foolish belief, a poor excuse, nonsense.
  • v. To break something or injure someone.
  • v. To transfer coloring through abrasion from one item to another.
  • v. To cover the drain holes of a planter with stones or similar material, in order to ensure proper drainage.
  • v. To store (butter, etc.) in a crock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The loose black particles collected from combustion, as on pots and kettles, or in a chimney; soot; smut; also, coloring matter which rubs off from cloth.
  • n. A low stool.
  • n. Any piece of crockery, especially of coarse earthenware; an earthen pot or pitcher.
  • n. a person who is worn out with age or illness.
  • n. an old person who complains frequently about illness, especially imaginary ailments.
  • n. nonsense; balderdash; humbug; -- usually used in the phrase a crock.
  • intransitive v. To give off crock or smut.
  • transitive v. To soil by contact, as with soot, or with the coloring matter of badly dyed cloth.
  • transitive v. To lay up in a crock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay up in a crock: as, to crock butter.
  • To black with soot or other matter collected from combustion; by extension, to soil in any similar way, particularly by contact with imperfectly dyed cloth: as, to crock one's hands.
  • To give off crock, smut, or color: as, stockings warranted not to crock.
  • To decrease; decay.
  • n. An earthen vessel; a pot or jar (properly earthen, but also sometimes of iron, brass, or other metal) used as a receptacle for meal, butter, milk, etc., or in cooking.
  • n. A fragment of earthenware; a potsherd, such as is used to cover the hole in the bottom of a flower-pot.
  • n. Soot, or the black matter collected from combustion on pots and kettles or in a chimney; smut in general, as from coloring matter in cloth.
  • n. A low seat; a stool.
  • n. A little curl of hair; in the plural, the under hair on the neck.
  • n. Same as crook, 7.
  • n. An old ewe.
  • n. In cricket, a worthless player.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an earthen jar (made of baked clay)
  • n. a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
  • n. nonsense; foolish talk
  • v. release color when rubbed, of badly dyed fabric
  • v. soil with or as with crock


Middle English crokke, from Old English crocc. Sense 2, short for crock of shit.
Origin unknown.
Earlier, old ewe that has ceased bearing; probably akin to Norwegian krake, sickly animal, and Middle Dutch kraecke, broken-down horse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English crokke, from Old English crocc, crocca ("crock, pot, vessel"), from Proto-Germanic *krukkō, *krukkô (“vessel”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')rōug(')-, *k(')rōuk(')- (“vessel”). Cognate with Dutch kruik ("jar, jug"), German Krug ("jug"), Danish krukke ("jar"), Icelandic krukka ("pot, jar"), Old English crōg, crōh ("crock, pitcher, vessel"). See also cruse. (Wiktionary)


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