Green’s Dictionary of Slang

crap n.1

also crop
[sense 1: SE crap, waste, chaff or Fr. crape, dirt, cognate with dirt n. (1); thus linked to sense 2, mix of Du. krappen, to pluck off, cut off or separate + OF crappe, waste or rejected matter, siftings, particularly ‘the grain trodden under feet in the barn, and mingled with the straw and dust’; ult. Med. Lat. crappa, crapinum, the smaller chaff]

1. [late 17C–mid-19C] (also crapp) money.

2. [mid-19C+] excrement.

3. [mid-19C+] dirt, mess.

4. [1910s+] nonsense.

5. [1930s+] (US) insolence, cheek; rudeness.

6. [1920s+] rubbish, anything useless or unpleasant.

7. [1920s+] an act of defecation.

8. [1930s+] a non-specific descriptor, ‘stuff’, ‘things’.

9. [1940s] (US gang) fighting.

10. [1940s+] (US) nothing at all.

11. [1940s+] of people, a general derog. term.

12. [1950s–60s] a damn n.; esp. in phr. (not) give a crap.

13. [1960s] (drugs) marijuana.

14. [1960s+] (drugs, also crop) low-quality heroin.

In derivatives

craperoo (n.) (also crappadooley, crapperoo) [-eroo sfx]

[1940s+] (US) absolute rubbish, nonsense.

crapless (adj.)

[1940s+] (US) terrified.

crapola (n.) (also crapolo) [-ola sfx]

[1930s+] (US) nonsense, rubbish.

crappappella (adj.)

[1990s+] (US campus) very crap adj.

In compounds

crap-artist (n.) (also crap merchant) [-artist sfx/merchant n.]

[1930s+] (US) a liar, an exaggerator, a deceiver.

crap-bag (n.)

[1960s–70s] (Scot.) a coward.

crapbrain (n.)

[1950s+] a general term of abuse, based on the alleged stupidity of the recipient.

crap can (n.)

[1930s–40s] (US) the lavatory.

crap creek (n.) [var. on shit creek n.]

[1950s+] (US) a troublesome, threatening situation.

crapeating (adj.)

[1950s] (US) despicable.

craphead (n.) (also crapface) [-head sfx (1)]

[1950s+] (orig. US) a fool, an unpleasant person.

crapheap (n.)

[1980s] (Aus.) a filthy, disgusting place .

craphole (n.)

[1930s+] a filthy, disgusting place.

craphouse (n.)

see separate entry.

crapmound (n.)

[1950s] a general term of abuse, lit. a ‘heap of shit’.

crap paper (n.)

[1920s] (US) lavatory paper.

crap-pushing (adj.)

[1960s] a general derisory epithet.

crap-sack (adj.)

[2000s] terrible, of very poor quality .

crap-scared (adj.)

[1940s] terrified.

crap-town (n.)

[1960s] (US) the slums.

crapweasel (n.)

[2000s] (US campus) an irritatingly stupid or deceitful person.

In phrases

cut the crap (v.)

see separate entry.

get one’s crap hot (v.)

[1950s] (US) to lose one’s temper.

go take a crap

[1970s] a phr. of dismissal, rejection.

know crap from clay (v.)

[1950s] (Aus.) to be astute, to not be ignorant.

like crap

[2000s+] a general intensifier, often of speed.

line of crap (n.)

[1920s–50s] nonsensical talk, usu. intended to persuade.

take a crap (v.)

[1920s+] to defecate.

take crap (v.) (also eat crap)

[1930s+] to accept bad behaviour, insulting speech etc; thus take no crap, to stand up for one’s rights.

talk crap (v.)

[1920s+] (orig. US) to talk nonsense.

In exclamations

for crap’s sake!

see separate entry.