Definition of craps in English:


plural noun

  • [treated as singular] A gambling game played with two dice, chiefly in North America. A throw of 7 or 11 is a winning throw, 2, 3, or 12 is a losing throw; any other throw must be repeated.

    See also crap
    • ‘Soon it became the biggest craps game in town, and I became the target of local competitors and authorities.’
    • ‘When she's not writing, she's reading, playing piano, or attempting to telekinetically control dice in the game of craps.’
    • ‘Learn how to better handle blackjack, craps, and slot machines when you take your hard earned money into the casino, and you might just have some of it in your pocket when you leave.’
    • ‘Are you interested in being able to control the dice at craps?’
    • ‘At five, her father taught her how to throw craps, the gambling dice game.’
    • ‘He had a very lucky run during a craps game and turned $20 into $6400.’
    • ‘Blackjack is the only game in town, because unlike roulette or craps, what has gone before will influence what is about to happen.’
    • ‘Hamilton doesn't play fair, either in a friendly game of football, or on his craps table, cheating the customers.’
    • ‘All that whooping and shouting around a craps table that goes on in American films looks very lively and exciting, but I've never seen anything like it in a British casino.’
    • ‘They passed the time by smoking cigarettes and shooting craps.’
    • ‘Even as a kid he ran playground card and craps games and hustled pool.’
    • ‘Again, you have nothing to lose by attempting to alter the nature of a craps game by controlled shooting.’
    • ‘Yes, there were craps games floating through the neighborhood.’
    • ‘Turned loose, boys would amuse themselves shooting craps, watching prostitutes, and learning the ways of the street.’
    • ‘Women wearing ripped-up fishnets and fuchsia-pink Mohawks blew kisses on the dice at the craps table.’
    • ‘He shook the coins in his hand like they were dice in a game of craps as he walked to a nearby phone booth.’
    • ‘It excludes slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, and other traditional casino games.’
    • ‘On my way to dinner I played a little craps (not really my game, but I wanted to throw the dice and ended up making five points before sevening out), then had my first ever filet mignon.’
    • ‘Peter was too busy hanging out with the guys and losing at craps to notice her absences.’
    • ‘Your good fortune extends beyond winning at craps.’


Early 19th century: perhaps from crab or crab's eyes, denoting the lowest throw (two ones) at dice.