Definitions

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

  • adj. Informal Incapacitated or destroyed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Out of order; not working; broken.

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

  • adj. destroyed or killed

Etymologies

German kaputt, from French capot, not having won a single trick at piquet, possibly from Provençal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German kaputt, though more often rendered kaput in English; via Yiddish קאַפּוט (kaput, "lost, dead"). The same word has also been borrowed by many other languages, with approximately the same meaning. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thrfeed also claims Lipstick Jungle is officially kaput, which is news to us, but

    Jossip

  • We should reject Julius Pokorny's Indo-European root *kaput which is poorly justified both phonetically and distributionally.

    Archive 2010-09-01

  • R W Posner's article, noted at Buzz Flash and posted at politicalcortex, elicits emotions of 'kaput' and 'ersatz' experienced between 1st & 2nd WWs.

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  • LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa denied Thursday a recent report on a local blog that said his marriage to Corina Villaraigosa was "kaput" and that he and his wife had separated...

    Gavin Just Can't Stay Out of Trouble

  • The only lesson here is that Kaizen only goes "kaput" when you take the focus away from trying to improve the system.

    Gemba Panta Rei

  • The actress was slammed on a celebrity site as having a career that's gone "kaput" and as having "stooped pretty low" to take on her April 11-debuting Lifetime film, "Tribute."

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  • Well, he didn't say "kaput" but the answer was just as bad.

    Joshing Politics

  • "kaput" Monday afternoon when I started trying to update the video drivers.

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  • Steele is kaput, and his indelicate references to his own problems e.g. wading into policy, his failed 72-hour GOTV program did more to hammer the nails into his coffin than anything any one of the contenders could have said.

    RNC Chairman's Debate winners

Comments

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  • They should have kept the German spelling when porting it to English.

    November 8, 2011

  • Ah, I see, it's also spelled kaputt

    January 12, 2007

  • Surprised to be the first one to add this word.

    I imagine this word as the result of exasperated spitting...as when one's car is dead and the owner bursts into a fit of kicking and spitting.

    January 12, 2007