Definitions

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

  • n.pl. A gambling game played with two dice in which a first throw of 7 or 11 wins, a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses the bet, and a first throw of any other number (a point) must be repeated to win before a 7 is thrown, which loses both the bet and the dice.
  • n.pl. A losing throw in this game. Also called crap2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of crap.
  • n. a game of gambling, or chance, where the players "roll" or throw dice to make scores and avoid crap
  • n. diarrhea.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of crap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gambling game with dice. It is one of the more popular games in casinos.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Chaff.
  • The seed-pods of wild mustard or charlock.
  • The refuse of hogs' lard burned before a fire.
  • A game of chance played with dice. It depends upon guessing the numbers thrown.
  • A game of chance played with dice; the modern and simplified method of playing hazard.

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

  • n. expressions used when when two dice are thrown and both come up showing one spot
  • n. a gambling game played with two dice; a first throw of 7 or 11 wins and a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses and a first throw of any other number must be repeated to win before a 7 is thrown, which loses the bet and the dice

Etymologies

Louisiana French, game of hazard, from English crabs, lowest throw in hazard, from crab1 or crab2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I learned poker from my mother and her sister and craps from a friend of my parents who taught all the kids at that particular party.

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  • All of that “Fair and Balanced” craps is just that crap.

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  • Quarter craps is a lot more fun for a cheapskate like me than is $10-minimum craps.

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  • Volatility is fairly high in craps though, so either have a largish bankroll, or be prepared to lose your stake. —

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  • A little more than thirty years ago Joan Didion reported, in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, on the Las Vegas wedding industry — which, she found, was not based solely on "the premise that marriage, like craps, is a game to be played when the table seems hot."

    The Wedding Merchants

  • Any person who shall play the game commonly called craps, within the corporate limits of the City, shall be fined not less than

    The code of the city of Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Everywhere were young soldiers in twos and threes keeping step, to be sure, but with eyes anywhere but to the front; groups lying on the ground, chewing blades of bluegrass, watching pretty girls pass, and lounging lazily; groups to one side, but by no means out of sight, throwing dice or playing "craps" -- the game dear to the darkey's heart.

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  • Origin: The phrase, popularized by the unwatchable movie 21, apparently derives from the rich lexicon of craps, which is full of amusingly inscrutable patter.

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  • Your boy threw 800+ billion at the same system you say has been "socialized" and refer to as a craps table.

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