Noun & adjective. Late Middle English.
[Corresponding to Dutch krappe relating to krappen pluck off, cut off. Compare with Old French crappe siftings, Anglo-Saxon crappa chaff.]
A1 noun. obsolete. The husk of grain; chaff. LME-L15
A2 noun. Any of various plants, especially buckwheat or a weed growing among corn,
as darnel, charlock, etc. dialectical. LME
A3(a) noun. singular & (usually) in plural. The residue formed in boiling, melting, or rendering fat;
crackling. dialectical. L15
A3(b) noun. The dregs of beer etc. dialectical. M19
A4 noun. obsolete. A scrap. Only in 16
A5 noun. Money. slang or dialectical. L17
A6 noun. Faeces; an act of defecation.
Also rubbish, nonsense; something worthless, inferior, or offensive. coarse slang. L19
B attributive or as adj. Worthless, rubbish, useless. slang. M20
|Mr Thomas Crapper: Plumber Extraordinaire|
Another nail in the cistern of this steaming story is the fact that crap, meaning 'waste' of various sorts, has been in use since at least the Middle English period; even its relatively modern meaning of 'faeces' is attested to by the OED of having been recorded in 1846, when Crapper was still a wee nipper and presumably far too young to have given a flying flush about toilets, piping, or the misappropriation of his family name by potty-mouthed teenagers. Perhaps, then, this was all just a simple case of nominative determination - crap was a well-worn word meaning 'waste', and Mr Crapper grew up, not to be a waster, but to valiantly strain out a living in the field of waste.
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