Definition of cracker in US English:

cracker

noun

  • 1A thin, crisp wafer often eaten with cheese or other savory toppings.

    • ‘Each would make a creamy, rich covering for your whole-grain cracker.’
    • ‘They start to cook turnips and eat graham crackers, as they wait for their mother to come home.’
    • ‘I ripped the package open and shoved a cracker into my mouth, whole.’
    • ‘He settled for a pack of cheese crackers with peanut butter inside.’
    • ‘First of all, graham crackers are not allowed.’
    • ‘Cheese is usually too strong; bread or dry, savoury crackers are generally preferred by professionals.’
    • ‘It was a good night of chatter and red wine with crackers and cheese.’
    • ‘Spread smoked salmon and low-fat cream cheese on whole wheat crackers or pith rounds and top with fresh dill.’
    • ‘Then I went back in to the store and bought cheese and crackers on sale.’
    • ‘In fact, the peanut butter cracker I left for him is still there.’
    • ‘Elaine put the last animal cracker in her mouth and chewed dismally.’
    • ‘She pulled out some more crackers and peanut butter and sat down to eat.’
    • ‘Give your child whole-grain crackers with soups, chili, and stew.’
    • ‘Luke humorously questions Annie as he puts a cheese cracker into his mouth.’
    • ‘Another idea is to eat whole-grain crackers with fat-free block cheese.’
    • ‘There's cheese and crackers for those who still have wine left to finish.’
    • ‘She grabbed a few crackers and cream cheese, grabbed her backpack, and hiked upstairs to start.’
    • ‘With perfect wheels of cheese and crackers before me, I misted up a bit.’
    • ‘He brought the wine. I organised the cheese and crackers.’
    • ‘Sensible shoes, diapers and animal crackers are just the tip of the iceberg.’
  • 2A person or thing that cracks.

    • ‘The remaining states, like Minnesota, provide lots of fun for the determined code cracker.’
    • ‘When the police find someone slain, they call on their resident cracker to interrogate.’
    • ‘It was six feet tall and held a rocket launcher in one claw and a giant stainless steel shell cracker in the other.’
    • ‘Any right minded code cracker would know what he just told me.’
    • ‘This gives copyright holders the legal tools in the UK to pursue action against copyright crackers, however benign their intentions.’
    1. 2.1 A person who breaks into a computer system, typically for an illegal purpose.
      ‘computer crackers will push the outer limits of network security’
      • ‘Nor is there any evidence of crackers scanning the Internet in search of vulnerable machines.’
      • ‘It fears that any information would give vital clues to criminal crackers about how to exploit unpatched systems.’
      • ‘Forget about Internet crackers, employees are the biggest security problem for most businesses.’
      • ‘Although I doubt crackers are attempting to break into your PC as you read this, there's always the possibility.’
      • ‘I said computer crackers were going to cause some serious damage and predicted they'd try blackmail.’
      • ‘Harris believes this modest improvement might lead crackers into targeting computers of home users rather than businesses.’
      • ‘But sometimes your personal data is loaned out to third parties, and that's the weak spot where crackers are able to break in.’
      • ‘It far from the first time crackers have broken into the web servers of software developers.’
      • ‘Computer crackers have obtained access to computer systems codes used in America's space program.’
      • ‘Aladdin makes software that protects corporations and their data from attack by computer crackers.’
      • ‘The user still connects to the Internet, but through the cracker's system.’
      • ‘Sure, no electronic voting system is yet safe enough to withstand computer crackers.’
      • ‘Computer crackers have obtained details of up to five million US Visa and MasterCard accounts, the two firms admitted yesterday.’
      • ‘In such a case a cracker's actions are obvious: he suppresses the anti-debugging tricks and dumps the unpacked and decrypted application code.’
      • ‘The case studies are in-depth descriptions of how three crackers have broken into computers.’
      • ‘Computer crackers might exploit this behaviour to inject malicious code into vulnerable systems.’
      • ‘How long before the crackers intrude upon this cosy intimacy?’
      • ‘On infected machines, it opens a back door that allows a cracker to control the computer using IRC.’
      • ‘Now that you're here we have an advantage we never had before, a computer cracker!’
      • ‘Eight million credit cards were exposed to a cracker or crackers this week resulting in huge potential for fraud.’
    2. 2.2 An installation for cracking hydrocarbons.
      ‘a catalytic cracker’
      • ‘After the completion of the sixth naphtha cracker, its annual production of ethylene could reach 1.15 million tonnes.’
      • ‘The catalytic cracker takes a number of feedstocks, including heavy gas and residue, from the lubricant treatment plant.’
      • ‘The separation costs are a consequence of less than complete conversion for ethane crackers.’
      • ‘Light olefins from the fluid catalytic cracker are processed in either hydrofluoric or sulfuric acid units.’
      • ‘The company suffered a series of accidents, culminating in a blaze at its catalytic cracker.’
  • 3US offensive

    another term for poor white
  • 4British informal A fine example of something.

    ‘don't miss this cracker of a CD’
    • ‘The singer has pulled off another cracker of an album which deserves to be heard.’
    • ‘Ward and John Joe Maguire were both just wide, while Damian Curran hit a cracker that Rice saved.’
    • ‘‘As free holidays go, I think they pulled off a cracker,’ sneers Braithwaite.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes into the second half, Paul Donnelly scored a cracker to equalise.’
    • ‘He also scored a cracker of a goal in the first-half.’
    • ‘What an absolute cracker we have in store for you tonight.’
    • ‘Titled Celtic Christmas, this second solo album from Tommy is a real cracker.’
    • ‘A cracker of a game was played with both sides giving their all.’
    • ‘An absolute cracker of a match is confidently expected.’
    • ‘If both play to their undoubted potential then a cracker of a game is in prospect.’
    • ‘The final was a real cracker with some marvellous pitching from both sides.’
    • ‘If you get the chance to come along I reckon you will see a cracker of a match so don't forget the date.’
    • ‘Of course the Chelsea and Barcelona game has the promise of being an absolute cracker.’
    • ‘It's a cracker of a book and you should read it if you haven't already.’
    • ‘Joe Cole scored a cracker of a goal, but Norwich were certainly not outclassed, except up front.’
    • ‘Oh, I have a cracker of a photo of the two of us after a massive goodbye cry, when I left Australia 10 years ago.’
    • ‘It turned out, in fact, to be a cracker of a show to cheer up the punters on a showery and cold early-March night.’
    • ‘In the other semi-final, Bishopthorpe edged out Pickering Town on penalties after a cracker of a match.’
    • ‘Well, we're all set for what should be an absolute cracker of a game.’
    masterpiece, sensation, marvel, wonder, triumph, winner, success, feat, coup, master stroke
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  • 5British A paper cylinder that is pulled apart at Christmas or other celebrations, making a sharp noise and releasing a small toy or other novelty.

    • ‘All the presents were opened, the crackers were pulled.’
    • ‘But then, horror of horrors, it was time to pull the crackers.’
    • ‘With festive spot prizes, crackers and balloons, it was truly a great start to the Christmas par-tying season.’
    • ‘Elvira sent this Ferdinand on a quest to identify the writer of poems in the paper crackers at a ball.’
    • ‘You may also want to pull some Christmas crackers at the dinner table.’
    • ‘With a crack like a thousand crackers being pulled and a shower of glitter, the Spirit vanished.’
    • ‘And after their roast turkey dinner, the gang pulled the crackers and donned the paper hats.’
    • ‘We had matching paper napkins, crackers and tablecloth!’
    • ‘Jemery Fisher, the frog, was replaced with a small plastic frog that had come out of a cracker once.’
    • ‘The youngster's face lit up after pulling a cracker with the bubbly mayor - before settling down for a Christmas meal with his family.’
    • ‘The cracker fell apart and just hung there all limp in my hand.’
    • ‘The Reserve Bank Board meets today - not just to pull Christmas crackers.’
    • ‘Children will be around to pull a few crackers and share the turkey.’
    • ‘For those who are not acquainted with Christmas crackers, they're little packages in garish paper.’
    • ‘It seems more like a toy than the real thing - the kind which you might pull out of a cracker.’
    • ‘They also stole Christmas crackers, toys and snacks from the garden centre's café.’
    • ‘The gathering enjoyed a beautiful four course meal and enjoyed pulling Christmas crackers across the tables.’
    • ‘The children pulled crackers and we read corny jokes to each other.’
    • ‘Problem is, you'll have finished the bottle before you start pulling the crackers.’
    • ‘Jeffrey will be sitting down with his paper hat and his cracker contemplating his bright new future.’
    1. 5.1 A firework that explodes with a sharp noise.
      • ‘The bombardment by bangers, crackers and fireworks was such that there was hardly a silent minute in any town.’
      • ‘Public buildings were illuminated and crackers were burst.’
      • ‘Some of the crackers that we light every year, have a lot in common with flares and smokescreens.’
      • ‘On Christmas Eve between 7 and 8 o clock a firework and cracker display was noticed about the Town Hall.’
      • ‘The last straw was when a flock of sparrows appeared making the noise of bursting crackers.’
      • ‘Police would take action against those bursting noisy crackers near hospitals, schools, courts and other silence zones.’
      • ‘The Pakistanis demonstrated it by bursting crackers when we won in Lahore.’
      • ‘Many parents across the city only hope that the manufacturers would change its focus from sound based crackers to the light based ones in the future.’
      • ‘I remember bursting crackers and really enjoying myself as soon as we won that game.’
      • ‘Bursting crackers and shouting slogans, the party partied.’
      • ‘ARE THE traditional types of crackers that produce ear-shattering noises, slowly losing their popularity?’
      • ‘At 7: 47 there were crackers exploding everywhere.’
      • ‘Boisterous crowds dispelled the darkness of night with fireworks as crackers shattered the stillness of the night.’
      • ‘The SPCA has been calling for the complete ban of fireworks and crackers for some time now.’
      • ‘Gradually, the owners should keep the pets along with them while bursting bigger crackers.’
      • ‘We would follow up the long drive and wait for the crackers to be lit, lurking a short distance from the graveside.’
      • ‘Scared away by the noise of crackers, street dogs return to their regular haunts after nearly three days.’
      • ‘This year will be the last Guy Fawkes day when people can let off crackers, rockets, Catherine wheels and the like.’
      • ‘Every year incidence of bursting crackers on the roads is growing in the city.’
      • ‘I could imagine children leaping up and down while their parents lit up the crackers on rooftops.’

Pronunciation

cracker

/ˈkrækər//ˈkrakər/