Definition of kaput in US English:



  • predicative Broken and useless; no longer working or effective.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was just about done, finished, kaput, when I saw the sign up ahead.’
    • ‘‘The prices are just so different, the systems are so different, everything is going to go kaput,’ he added.’
    • ‘Well, my conspiracy was pretty much dead, kaput, nada.’
    • ‘Somewhere on the expressway the engine went kaput.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I got involved in a business venture that 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.’
    • ‘Now, he told me, the ‘big way’ of thinking is finished, kaput.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The video went kaput early on and its rewind button hadn't worked to begin with.’
    • ‘This time the bad news is that our dishwasher is kaput.’
    • ‘The air conditioning's kaput and it's like a furnace.’
    • ‘Your two front tyres are kaput, they'll need replacing.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘So many people are willing to pay $2000 for this thing that the company's website was kaput for most of yesterday.’
    • ‘This means, obviously, the resolution is kaput, and the United States has no reason to wait until March 17.’
    smashed, shattered, burst, fragmented, splintered, shivered, crushed, snapped, rent, torn, ruptured, separated, severed, in bits, in pieces
    broken, malfunctioning, broken-down, inoperative
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Late 19th century: from German kaputt, from French (être) capot ‘(be) without tricks in a card game’; compare with capot.