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  • noun Alternative form of crapehanger.


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crepe +‎ hanger


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  • A gloomy person; a pessimist.

    July 30, 2007

  • Not quite as sturdy as a pancake hanger.

    July 31, 2007

  • Haha!

    July 31, 2007

  • In Victorian times, people usually died in their homes, surrounded by family and friends, and the corpse stayed in the home until burial.

    The material most associated with mourning was black silk crepe for its flat, lifeless quality - lustrous materials like furs, satin and velvet were forbidden during times of mourning.

    ~ Death Online

    Either out of respect or superstition, all the mirrors and windows of the family home (of the deceased) were draped with black crepe.

    This 'tradition' gave birth to the term, "crepe hanger" to people who are compulsive worriers, anxious about things that have not yet happened.

    ~ Urban Dictionary

    December 7, 2008