cropper definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a person or thing that crops
- a machine or workman that cuts or shears leather, nap from cloth, etc.
- a sharecropper
- a plant that yields a crop
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps phrase neck and cropa precipitate fall: now chiefly in come a cropper (see phr. below)
cropper definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A person who works land in return for a share of the yield; a sharecropper.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A heavy fall; a tumble.
- A disastrous failure; a fiasco.
Origin: Perhaps from the phrase neck and crop, completely.
cropper - Phrases/Idioms
come a cropperInformal
- to fall heavily or headlong
- to come to ruin; fail