Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cack n.2

also cak
[15C–16C SE cack, to void excrement, itself linked to synon. Lat. cacare and OE cac-hús, a latrine]

1. excrement; also used fig.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 172/1: late C.19–20.
[UK]A. Burgess Enderby Outside in Complete Enderby (2002) 345: My underpants filling with bloody cack and the agony of pissing.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 32: Treated you like crap. The uniform’s khaki. We were the cack.
[UK]T. Paulin ‘Politik’ in Liberty Tree 28: The city is a locked yard / that’s caked with grey pigeon-cack.
[Aus]Hibberd & Hutchinson Barracker’s Bible 30: ‘Onkaparinga is sticking to the rails like cack to a blanket.’ Self-explanatory.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 24: The gaff stinks o’ parrot cak.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 165: Ridge’s baggy pants really do look like they’re filling up with ten kgs of cak.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 11 Jan. 5: On the other hand, for 750 million quid it’s a pile of cack.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 236: A hadter go into the cubicle ferst, like, ter clean, yer know, wipe all the cack away like.

2. (also kack) nonsense, rubbish [shit n. (4a)].

[UK]P. MacGill Moleskin Joe 160: ‘Con-dew-it,’ mumbled Carroty. ‘Hold your cack!’ Molesking shouted.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 80: Groanin’ in advance of the cak I’m gonna hear.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 122: The shite we throw away is more tuneful than all that sampled cack Helmet’s fucking with.
[UK]Guardian Guide 4–10 Sept. 8: It sounds like cack for the Essex boys with big cars, kebabs and chips.
[UK]Observer Rev. 30 Jan. 9: Pants, shite, total cack.
[Ire]P. Howard Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 164: The match is probably kack to watch from a spectator’s point of view.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 144: Forget hearin aw that cack aboot fitba n music n whae’s claimed whae n whae’s battered whae.

3. (Irish) a general term of abuse, a contemptuous term for an individual [shit n. (2a)].

[Ire]M. O’Beirne Mister, A Dublin Childhood 12: Coming here to raise a row, you oul cack you. Blasted oul cow!
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 79: Shoulda fuckin’ told me y’sly piece o’ cak.

4. (Aus.) something amusing.

[Aus]Canberra Times 19 Sept. 6/5: ‘And remember the time that we made those fling shots,’ it was interrupted with a chorus of laughter as we anticipated what would come [...] ‘and that dag... yeh, ha, Mack, was hit in the back of his head!’ ‘That was a cack and a half’ .
[Aus]Woroni (Canberra) 1 Feb. 10/2: I don’t manage to brake the college distance record, but I brake the hight [sic] record. I vomit 1.42 metres up my door ... whoops, someone else’s... what a cack!!!
Chaser (Sydney) 5 Apr. 16/1: The lynchings were an absolute cack. Invariably, the victim would bounce up and down on the end of the rope, mouthing off at his persecutors in a silly, pantomime-type gargling voice, before finally - the crowning glory of any comedic performance - shitting his pants.

5. rubbish, dirt, filth.

[UK]M. Newall ‘Sir Gawayne and the Grene Knight’ in Indep. Weekend Rev. 26 Dec. 1: Emptied ashetrays, clered out cack and cannes.
[UK]T. Hill Underground 7: Look at this cack. It’s all over everything.

6. (Aus.) someone who has a good sense of humour.

Harry’s Black Hole ‘Australian Sl.’ [Internet] cack [...] someone with a sense of humour.
Ccaz’s Aussie Lingo 25 Apr. [Internet] CACK = have a laugh, someone with a sense of humour.

In compounds

cackbag (n.)

a general pej. term, whether of people or things.

[UK](con. 1954) J. McGrath Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun I iii: Where are they, anyway, the rotten cackbags?
P. Lauer Suns of Badarane 231: Lopez is a lousy cackbag of a nigger.
M. Engineer Blue Mondays 173: What the fuck are you staring at, you wizened old cack-bag?
cack-catchers (n.)

(Aus.) trousers tied at the bottoms when doing farm work.

B. Hudson 1st Aus. Dict. Vulgarities & Obscenities n.p.: Cack-catchers. Trousers tied at the bottoms, often with bowyangs (strings) when using farm equipment, or with bicycle clips.
cackface (n.)

a term of insult.

[UK]A. Higgins Donkey’s Years 270: Hasta la vista, cackface.
[UK]N. Spalding Love & Sleepless Nights [ebbok] ‘Presen’ state?! Whatd'you mean by presen’ state, cackface?’ ‘Well, you're drunk enough tocall me cackface, how's that?’.
cackpipe (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

kick (the) cack out of (v.)

to beat up severely.

[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 26: I’ll get me grandson t’come and kick the cack out of yer.
meanmachinesmag.co.uk 12 [Internet] Eight levels packed to the gills with meaty mateys and gruesome girlies all waiting to kick the cack out of you.
drfc-vsc.co.uk [Internet] They kicked the cack out of us and nobody cared.