What does Cracker mean?

Definitions for Cracker
ˈkræk ərcrack·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crackernoun

    a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet

  2. redneck, crackernoun

    a poor White person in the southern United States

  3. crackernoun

    a programmer who cracks (gains unauthorized access to) computers, typically to do malicious things

    "crackers are often mistakenly called hackers"

  4. firecracker, cracker, bangernoun

    firework consisting of a small explosive charge and fuse in a heavy paper casing

  5. cracker, snapper, cracker bonbonnoun

    a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Crackernoun

    Etymology: from crack.

    What cracker is this same that deafs our ears
    With this abundance of superfluous breath. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    The bladder, at its breaking, gave a great report, almost like a cracker. Robert Boyle, Spring of the Air.

    And when, for furious haste to run,
    They durst not stay to fire a gun,
    Have don’t with bonfires, and at home
    Made squibs and crackers overcome. Hudibras, p. iii. c. 3.

    Then furious he begins his march,
    Drives rattling o’er a brazen arch,
    With squibs and crackers arm’d, to throw
    Among the trembling crowd below. Jonathan Swift.


  1. cracker

    A cracker is a type of baked or usually thin and dry food product, made from flour, and flavored with various ingredients. They are typically savory and eaten as snacks, often with cheese, dips, or other spreads. In the context of cybersecurity, a "cracker" is a person who breaks into computer systems, often with malicious intent to steal, manipulate data or create disruption, similar to a hacker. The term ‘cracker’ can also refer to an individual who succeeds in removing software protections designed to prevent duplication or unauthorized use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crackernoun

    one who, or that which, cracks

  2. Crackernoun

    a noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow

  3. Crackernoun

    a small firework, consisting of a little powder inclosed in a thick paper cylinder with a fuse, and exploding with a sharp noise; -- often called firecracker

  4. Crackernoun

    a thin, dry biscuit, often hard or crisp; as, a Boston cracker; a Graham cracker; a soda cracker; an oyster cracker

  5. Crackernoun

    a nickname to designate a poor white in some parts of the Southern United States

  6. Crackernoun

    the pintail duck

  7. Crackernoun

    a pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc


  1. Cracker

    Cracker is an American alternative rock band led by singer David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman. The band is best known for its gold-selling 1993 album, Kerosene Hat, which includes the hit songs "Low" and "Euro-Trash Girl." Lowery and Hickman formed the band in 1991, releasing the album Cracker the following year on Virgin Records. The band has been touring ever since, releasing 10 studio albums and several compilations, collaborations, solo projects and live albums. The band's most recent album is Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, released on May 5, 2009, on 429/Savoy Records. Cracker mix influences and sounds from rock, punk, alternative country, psychedelia, blues and folk.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. cracker

    One who breaks security on a system. Coined ca. 1985 by hackers in defense against journalistic misuse of hacker (q.v., sense 8). An earlier attempt to establish worm in this sense around 1981--82 on Usenet was largely a failure.Use of both these neologisms reflects a strong revulsion against the theft and vandalism perpetrated by cracking rings. The neologism “cracker” in this sense may have been influenced not so much by the term “safe-cracker” as by the non-jargon term “cracker”, which in Middle English meant an obnoxious person (e.g., “What cracker is this same that deafs our ears / With this abundance of superfluous breath?” — Shakespeare's King John, Act II, Scene I) and in modern colloquial American English survives as a barely gentler synonym for “white trash”.While it is expected that any real hacker will have done some playful cracking and knows many of the basic techniques, anyone past larval stage is expected to have outgrown the desire to do so except for immediate, benign, practical reasons (for example, if it's necessary to get around some security in order to get some work done).Thus, there is far less overlap between hackerdom and crackerdom than the mundane reader misled by sensationalistic journalism might expect. Crackers tend to gather in small, tight-knit, very secretive groups that have little overlap with the huge, open poly-culture this lexicon describes; though crackers often like to describe themselves as hackers, most true hackers consider them a separate and lower form of life. An easy way for outsiders to spot the difference is that crackers use grandiose screen names that conceal their identities. Hackers never do this; they only rarely use noms de guerre at all, and when they do it is for display rather than concealment.Ethical considerations aside, hackers figure that anyone who can't imagine a more interesting way to play with their computers than breaking into someone else's has to be pretty losing. Some other reasons crackers are looked down on are discussed in the entries on cracking and phreaking. See also samurai, dark-side hacker, and hacker ethic. For a portrait of the typical teenage cracker, see warez d00dz.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cracker

    So named from the noise it makes in exploding; it is applied to a small pistol. Also, to a little hard cabin biscuit, so called from its noise in breaking.

Rap Dictionary

  1. crackernoun

    Originally a term from Reconstruction timeto mean southern men. Now it means white bigot, from whip-cracker or slavedriver. "Got a little problem with the redneck cracker" -- Ice Cube (The Predator).

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Cracker

    Although the origin of this term when applied to a juvenile firework would appear to be self-evident, it is really a corruption of Cracque, the Norman description of “Greek Fire.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cracker in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cracker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Cracker in a Sentence

  1. Abby Langer:

    I love Triscuits or any hearty whole-grain cracker sandwiched with almond butter and fresh raspberries, or with banana and cacao nibs.

  2. Cracker Barrel:

    Cracker Barrel has long supported military-focused programs, especially those that give back to military families, we hope that our ‘Five More Minutes’ campaign will provide an opportunity for people to express their love and gratitude for loved ones, especially those serving in the military.

  3. Plaintiff William Cronnon:

    Cracker Barrel negligence didn't just cause Mr. Smith physical harm ; Cracker Barrel negligence took away part of his identity.

  4. Donald Trump:

    When I drink my little wine -- which is about the only wine I drink -- and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed.

  5. American Idol:

    Both of my grandfathers served in the armed forces, which instilled in me a huge respect for our military, their families, and the sacrifices they all make on our behalf, cracker Barrel has long supported military-focused programs, especially those that give back to military families.

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