One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative Broken and useless; no longer working or effective.
smashed, shattered, burst, fragmented, splintered, shivered, crushed, snapped, rent, torn, ruptured, separated, severed, in bits, in piecesbroken, malfunctioning, broken-down, inoperativeView synonyms
- ‘Well, my conspiracy was pretty much dead, kaput, nada.’
- ‘Now, he told me, the ‘big way’ of thinking is finished, kaput.’
- ‘The video went kaput early on and its rewind button hadn't worked to begin with.’
- ‘She also loves the air circulated by the fan and within a minute of the fan being switched off, either by the maid to clean the room or if the electricity goes kaput, she puckers her mouth and begins to cry!’
- ‘In this case, Tino of all people is the loser: for he has once again been suckered into coming into Panera only to find that the network is kaput.’
- ‘If you had a car and it made a terrible rattle you'd have it checked out immediately instead of waiting to for it to go kaput, the same principle applies to marriage.’
- ‘So many people are willing to pay $2000 for this thing that the company's website was kaput for most of yesterday.’
- ‘I was just about done, finished, kaput, when I saw the sign up ahead.’
- ‘He had just interviewed the Prime Minister and had come away from Number 10 Downing Street convinced that the Labour leader was just about kaput politically.’
- ‘Somewhere on the expressway the engine went kaput.’
- ‘If, on the other hand, the developer's trade association challenges the regulation in the D.C. Circuit, and wins, the regulation is kaput nationwide.’
- ‘Your two front tyres are kaput, they'll need replacing.’
- ‘But that's ok as I had to drop my computer off to be fixed, the internal modem is kaput, and I'll be without it during my busiest time since being here.’
- ‘According to The San Francisco Chronicle, his game has been kaput for the whole season - and he's fallen to 24th in the rankings - as a direct result of his club trouble.’
- ‘This time the bad news is that our dishwasher is kaput.’
- ‘I got involved in a business venture that went kaput.’
- ‘This means, obviously, the resolution is kaput, and the United States has no reason to wait until March 17.’
- ‘‘The prices are just so different, the systems are so different, everything is going to go kaput,’ he added.’
- ‘The air conditioning's kaput and it's like a furnace.’
- ‘It's probably just coincidence that it went kaput shortly after being plugged into a PC for the first time, which I don't think it was too happy about.’
Late 19th century: from German kaputt, from French (être) capot ‘(be) without tricks in a card game’; compare with capot.
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